Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ruddy Turnstone

Last March, Erika and I enjoyed trying to photograph a couple dozen Ruddy Turnstones that scurried about the beach and parking lot at the Rockport Beach City Park. Because the birds did not stop to pose, this endeavor proved to be somewhat difficult.

Notice that the turnstone’s left foot lacks front toes. I did not see this abnormality until I worked on the photograph. Other Internet photographers comment that missing toes are a common turnstone affliction. Several explanations are possible, including frostbite, damage from being tangled in trash, or wounds from being trapped by bivalves. Who knows?

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