Ruddy Turnstone portraits

After the shock of getting so close to Ruddy Turnstones I decided to try some portrait photography. Here’s my first approach:

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are quite used to humans and come close expecting food.

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They potter around the rocks on Brixham breakwater, pecking at anything which looks like a possible food item.

A chap tells me they’ve been known to eat vomit and to peck a dead body. I’m not sure I want to know how he knows.

They look lovely in this light.

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And get even more beautiful when I go for the classic head and shoulders shot.

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Changing the backdrop, switching sides and different light change the effect entirely.

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What charming characters they are. They haven’t pecked me yet.

More Brixham

Brixham and Berry Head I've only been to Berry Head in South Devon twice before. The first time I parked in the wrong car… read more
Shag - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Shag There's a perky looking Shag at Brixham. What an exceptional bird. That lemon-yellow gape and oil-black plumage is set-off by… read more
Great Northern Diver - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) The adventures of Dick and Titty at Brixham breakwater There are long lenses galore at Brixham harbour. A flock of twitchers have arrived. They're perched at the end of… read more
Great Northern Diver - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Surely that’s got to scratch on the way down? A few days ago I had my first experience of a Great Northern Diver. I was disappointed with my photograph… read more
Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Ruddy Turnstones Ruddy Turnstones. No, I'm not cursing, that's their name. There are several at Brixham Breakwater which I've come to enjoy… read more
Dog in the water - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Hermes Back in Brixham, looking for Great Northern Divers, I see a large shape out to sea. I look closely with… read more
Diver - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) The Brixham diver I've decided to have a trip out to Brixham in South Devon. Yes, again. It's a beautiful town, with fishing… read more
Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Dolphins and a Great Northern Diver I'm at Brixham in South Devon again, looking out to see. It helps that I've met a couple of great… read more
Rock Pipit - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Rock Pipits on breakwater beach This is the view from Brixham's Breakwater Beach on a pleasant day. There's the insistent calling and elegant undulating flight… read more

Feel free to leave a Reply :)