in front of two Royal Terns
One of nine
An unusual visitor to the Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Christchurch.
A male Turnstone still with most of it's breeding plumage.
These little birds breed in the Arctic.
Disturbed from small sand island exposed at low tide, Rangiputa Harbour, Northland. (smaller, pied birds)
Also present -New Zealand Dotterel & Bar-Tailed Godwit.
A lone pair of turnstones among the godwits and dotterels at Ashley
I was pleased to see turnstone at Ashley, the first time I have seen them there, although they have been reported by others earlier this year and in previous seasons. It's the first time I've managed to get close and was amazed at their industry as stone after stone, many that must have weighed as much as the bird, were turned over in rapid succession.
The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and...