Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More Turnstones

Some more photos of the same pair of Ruddy Turnstones at Rokushou-en. I've just recently got some information about a seemingly good mudflat area in Nakatsu city, about 2 hours traveling by car north of Beppu. I will go there with my Sustainable Development seminar class on June 3rd. They say that it's a special and rare type of mudflat and is very rich in biodiversity. I still have no idea about the place though, but I hope there are some good waders there. Hope June 3rd won't be too late for these spring migrants.
The facial pattern looks like a clown.

Here's a good comparison between the male(left) and female(right) bird.

4 comments:

Stu said...

Great series of Turnstone and Tattler shots.

I haven't seen so many waders this spring, hopefully that will change soon..........

Mark Young said...

Lovely images. How do you tell a male from a female? They look identical in non-breeding plumage, which is mostly when we see them.

Chris said...

Sumptuous set of pictures once again. So you saw it again ;-)

Unravel said...

Thanks for all comments!
Mark > I think we can only tell the male and female birds apart in their breeding plumage. The female has brownish wash on its crown, while male bird doesn't.