Getting a chance to digiscope courtesy of Swarovski Optik North America on the Cape of Massachusetts led to some interesting shorebird interactions. Here we have a duel between Ruddy Turnstones that got pretty violent.
Take Down!! That’s gotta hurt!
Not sure what this move is called… wing-flashing face-check?
Willet acting as Referee – “Break it up you two!”
The battle ended with no serious injuries. Ruddy Turnstone populations are thankfully stable as they are gorgeous shorebirds. Read more about Ruddy Turnstones from Cornell’s All About Birds.
Check out Birdchick’s video of these battling Ruddies!
All photos digiscoped courtesy of Swarovski loaning out a sweet HD Scope and the Birdfreak Canon Rebel XTi DSLR
2 thoughts on “Shorebird Battles – Ruddy Turnstones”
Hi Eddie, i love your bird interaction series’ – they are wonderful.