three posts on the theme of black today. First this Black Turnstone, still in winter plumage, i.e. not black at all but brown and almost indistinguishable from Ruddy Turnstone (I saw those too - same shade of brown but with remnants of their dstinctive breast markings still showing) and Surfbird...
I believe this is a Black Turnstone in non-breeding (brown) plumage. I believe I also saw a dozen or so Ruddy Turnstone on a pier at the fishing boat harbour, but I'll have to check when I get time to do editing. If I'm right about seeing both, then that brings my bird species total for the trip...
After a bit, the turnstone was joined by a willet (just patiently waiting out the tide at the tip of the ledge) and a spotted sandpiper (busy foraging in cracks and nooks along the cliffside). I got a few closer shots of the sandpiper, but this one was the best for showing the spotted edge...
After leaving the harbor seals, I stopped to watch a bird on a cliff ledge. Black turnstone. It came closer and closer until I got this shot. The turnstone was wandering about on the ledge, not foraging, maybe just somewhat restlessly waiting for the tide to go out.
And another from my hour's stroll on the Bay Trail last Friday. Hundreds whimbrels, willets and marbled godwits crowded the shoreline, just napping, waiting for low tide I presume. Beyond them and often hidden by them were a handful of black turnstones, turning stones along the water's edge.
Camera: Nikon D300 + 500mm f4 AFS
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Focal Length: 700 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: -1 EV
Flash: On, Return detected
Very cold morning spent laying on the beach.
Not the birds i was hoping for but i got the tides all wrong and had to make do with what...