Ruddy Turnstone - Cape May, New Jersey

October 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Curious Ruddy Turnstone stopping foraging along the Jersey Shore to take a closer look at the human (me) lying in the water 😉🙈

Ruddy Turnstone walking along the jersey shore - New Jersey shorebird photographyRuddy TurnstoneMolting Ruddy Turnstone - New Jersey shore - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

This is an adult male Ruddy Turnstone molting into its winter plumage. "Breeding males have unique black-and-white markings on the head and throat and a chestnut and black variegated (calico catlike) pattern on the back. Breeding females are paler than males. Nonbreeding adults have brown ghosting of the breeding plumage pattern. Juveniles look similar to nonbreeding birds, but have rusty edges to the feathers. All Ruddy Turnstones have orange legs, but they are brighter during the breeding season. In flight, Ruddy Turnstones show a unique color pattern: white stripe down the back, black tail stripe, white rump, and white stripe down the wings." - Cornell Lab

 

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