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Story Behind the Photo: Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstones, Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, FL

I had the opportunity to see plenty of Ruddy Turnstones on my birding trip to Caladesi Island last weekend. While the two in this photo were easy to spot, there were others that were nearly impossible to see. Camouflaged to perfectly match the sea grasses that had washed ashore, there were dozens of Ruddy Turnstones hiding in plain sight. They feed on small insects and crustaceans along the shore line and can be seen picking through washed up sea grass and turning over rocks to find them, hence the name “turnstone”. While trying to get a few photos of Western Sandpipers, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye and it turned out to be several Ruddy Turnstones digging through the sea grass. Once I realized what to look for, I saw them everywhere!

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