This gallery contains 2 photos. This gorgeous loner had no qualms about the myriad of lenses pointed his way on an early sunny fall afternoon at the south side of the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty. In fact, I’d swear he was courting them! From time to time, he would amaze and amuse us with his extraordinary feats of strength (this involved, rather comically, lifting clumps of kelp much bigger than himself, in his search for grubs and other tasty aquatic comestibles that shorebirds such as he would find irresistibly delectable).
I saw Black Turnstones much earlier this year, but never this close!
f/8, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 160
Once in a while, this late migrant (who was still exhibiting most of his breeding plumage) would pause to show us his best side (all of them). Clearly, he knew that the spotlight was on him, and he used it to his best advantage. I did not get down on the ground like many of the other photographers there (some were less than a foot away from the subject), but I did still get very close to this fellow. These photos represent my first encounter with this well-camouflaged shorebird, and another bird for my life list. Photographed on November 9.
Ruddy Turnstones are an uncommon sight in Vancouver, especially at this time of the year.
f/7.1, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 200