Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

by Bob Chappell December. 19, 2020 191 views
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Titchwell Beach (Norfolk), September 2019

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Titchwell Beach (Norfolk), September 2019

Sometimes your subject vanishes if you so much as breathe. Occasionally the subject seems unperturbed and allows you take a multitude of photographs from which you can choose the pick and choose.

On a sunny morning in September 2019 my wife and I took the opportunity to visit RSPB Titchwell, and I spent some time on the beach looking for waders. As well as some super shots of bar-tailed godwits and curlews, I managed to approach this turnstone (and its partner) scavenging on the rock. By moving very slowly, then sitting on another nearby rock I was able to watch without disturbing its behaviour. I spent many minutes taking a variety of shots in perfect light, including the above.

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