Turnstone in winter plumage, on the West Pier at St Ives, Cornwall; 21 Sept 2016.

The Turnstone is a small wader (aka shorebird) that derives its name from its habit of turning over stones on beaches in the hope of finding things to eat underneath.

Its usually a bird seen at a distance, small and brown on the foreshore.  But at St Ives in Cornwall, especially when the tide is up, small groups dart about on this seaside resort’s promenade, often literally around the feet of holidaymakers.

And so, being on holiday and carefree(!), I bought a pasty as a second breakfast and sat on a seat munching the golden beast and staring out to sea, when several of these little birds swarmed around my feet.  Well, I can take a hint, and as small pasty morsels were scattered around, these little creatures went into super-speed mode and downed the lot in an instant – for an ex-birder like me, almost a surreal moment!

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 800 ISO.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

11 Responses to ARCHIVE 403 – TURNSTONE, ST IVES

  1. Cathy says:

    I love this! So detailed, I feel I could just reach out and touch the soft feathers.


  2. bluebrightly says:

    It’s hard to imagine feeding Turnstones! Like you said, they’re usually at distance in my experience, too. We have the Ruddy Turnstone here…it may be the same bird because they range all over….I used to see them when I lived on the east coast, but here, I’m too far from coastal waters. What a memory that must be. 🙂


  3. Fine detail. Love those feet😊


  4. Meanderer says:

    Ah, second breakfast – like the Hobbit 🙂 I remember seeing these little birds whilst in St Ives. Beautiful portrait, my friend; looks great enlarged!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you’ve enlarged it!!! I always mention the enlarging facility but have no idea how many people use it >>> some pics really do take off when enlarged. Second breakfasts, yes, homage to The Hobbit and also, really, a lifestyle choice – wonderfully decadent!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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