Turnstone (Ruddy Turnstone) Arenaria interpres

Very common around the coast of Norfolk on passage and in winter - this species is unusual among British waders in that it is readily found in close proximity to humans, for example feeding in car parks or on promenades.

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Turnstone, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 12th March 2011

 

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Turnstone, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

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Turnstone, Fort Myers Beach (Florida, USA), 17th April 2013

 

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Turnstone, Lovers Key State Park (Florida, USA), 15th April 2013

 

Turnstone, Fort Myers Beach (Florida, USA), 17th April 2013

 

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Turnstone, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 5th January 2008

 

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Turnstones, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2010

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th March 2011

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th February 2011

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th May 2008

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2008

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 21st September 2011 - a couple of colour-ringed birds among this lot

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th December 2011 - a colour-ringed bird again

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2011

 

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Turnstones, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 10th May 2008

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th February 2011

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th November 2012

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 28th October 2013

 

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Turnstones with Redshank, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 28th October 2013

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 21st November 2012

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 17th January 2014

 

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Turnstones, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 19th January 2013

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2008

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 9th December 2010

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 24th October 2008

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 21st October 2008

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 30th November 2007

 

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adult Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th September 2013

 

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juvenile Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th September 2013

 

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Turnstones, Burnham Overy Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 18th February 2008 - the colour-ringed individual had only been ringed the previous week, at Heacham

 

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Turnstones, Marais Salants de Guerande (France), 26th June 2009

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 3rd December 2010

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 6th December 2010

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th November 2007

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 12th November 2007

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 6th November 2007

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 1st December 2010

 

Turnstone, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 11th May 2009

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2008

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2008

 

Turnstone, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 5th January 2008

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th November 2007

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 19th December 2007

 

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Turnstones, Farne Islands (Northumberland, UK), 13th May 2004

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 26th October 2005

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 17th February 2006

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th February 2006

 

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Turnstone, Fraserburgh (Grampian, UK), 3rd January 2002

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 9th January 2007

 

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Turnstone, Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal), 26th April 2006

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th January 2014

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 25th February 2004

 

Turnstone, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 28th May 2004

 

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Turnstone, Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th December 2005

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th September 2005

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th March 2007

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 14th September 2005

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2005

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2012

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 17th January 2014

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 14th September 2005

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th February 2005

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 26th July 2007

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th May 2006

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 19th November 2004

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 4th September 2004

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th January 2013

 

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2004

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 15th January 2000

 

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Turnstones, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 30th September 2015

 

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 18th February 2011 - note how the white back, clearly visible on the left hand bird, can be hidden from view, as on the right hand bird. This image is cropped but the larger image (click on this image to view it) shows an Oystercatcher and Redshank in the same less frame for comparison

 

Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 6th April 2016

 

Although many Turnstones winter in Europe, many travel much further south - they can be found along most of the African coastline, right down to South Africa. However they are significantly rare at inland sites in Africa so I was very surprised to discover an adult in breeding plumage on the shores of Lake Malawi in October 2008 - possibly the greatest national rarity I've ever found!

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Turnstone, Makuzi, Lake Malawi (Malawi), 8th October 2008