Monday, March 8, 2010

Ruddy Turnstone

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As we were walking along the beach we stumbled, almost literally, across this feeding flyer. I think you can tell he's pretty small if you look at the size of shells against him.

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As is typical of many of the birds I came across in Florida, I was clueless as to his name. I thought he looked a lot like a killdeer so I was assuming he was in the plover family.

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Well I finally put an identity to him. He's a Ruddy Turnstone, aka Rock Plover. According to my bird book they can be very tolerant of humans when feeding and that was the case here.

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I was astonished at how close I was allowed to get!

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Bye!


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19 comments:

  1. I love your photoseries of birds. I fyou dont have a clue imagine me sitting on the other side of the world (almost). I have absolutely no idea. However I managed to recognize a pelican when I was in Chile ;-)

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  2. Great things come in small packages! ;o) Loving your seashore photo series, Lisa! Happy Day ((HUGS))

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  3. He's got the cutest little backside!

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  4. he looks like he is ambling. down the beach. for the exercise.

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  5. I love the last photo. Ruddy Turnstone made me think of this: A friend sets you up with a blind date and she has got you to say yes after singing all his many praises but as she turns to walk away, just like our little bird friend in the photo, she says, "Oh, by the way, his name is Ruddy Turnstone" and you just know it's either going to be fantastic or a grand fail, there will be no middle ground.

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  6. He's one gorgeous fella!
    Lovely shots as usual :D!

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  7. Fun little photo essay today! I saw my first Ruddy Turnstone on the shores of S. TX and scampered after him down the beach taking pictures as he hunted for tender little morsels! You got some good shots. The Ruddy Turnstone is a pretty little bird. ~karen

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  8. Oh my gosh, how cute is he? Love tolerant birds ;0)

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  9. Wow - these are AWESOME! You got some great details - isn't it fun when they let you get close like that?

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  10. Ooooh wow, you were so close to him I can count his feathers!

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  11. he was very cooperative--great shots

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  12. Ah cute birdie shots as usual. :)

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  13. Amazing shots! I love the detail on the feathers. It is so wonderful that you had this close (super close!) encounter. :)

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  14. What a beautiful bird, and great macro also. My little boy would love to see and collect all those shells if he were there!

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  15. So lovely bird! Love the serie of pictures!

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  16. That last shot is a classic! I don't know how you manage to keep all these birds straight. I could never do it. Never.

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  17. I'm very behind in my blog reading, but as I'm going through your FL pics, you're really inspiring me to take a trip there sometime when I'm in the states. I love all the birds you're finding.

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