Dirk was fascinated by the camouflage of the ruddy turnstones he and his parents spotted on the shore. Desperate to get closer, he scrambled quite a distance across rocks exposed by the tide. Advancing cautiously, Dirk followed the fast-moving turnstones until he was close enough to get the shot.
All across the shoreline, ruddy turnstones turn over stones to feed on the small crustaceans and insects concealed below – a behaviour that gave them their name. This speckled brown individual is harvesting food from a bed of mussels. In summer, when it migrates back to the Arctic tundra, its tortoiseshell plumage will transform with rich orange shades.
Canon EOS 5D Mark ll; 70-200mm f2.8 lens and 2x extender at 360mm; 1/500 sec at f5.6; ISO 400; Manfrotto monopod.
Brouwersdam, The Netherlands
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Dirk Hoogenstein, The Netherlands
Dirk is particularly interested in bird photography. He also loves football and judo. In 2015, he reached the finals of the Dutch World Wildlife Fund photography competition, and he hopes to take many more wildlife pictures in the future.