E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image A crowd of Turnstones

A crowd of Turnstones


This little crowd of Turnstones was walking towards me along the waterline, a moment later they had flown.

Skittish birds, they're surprisingly hard to spot against the shingle when seen from above.
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A crowd of Turnstones


This little crowd of Turnstones was walking towards me along the waterline, a moment later they had flown.

Skittish birds, they're surprisingly hard to spot against the shingle when seen from above.
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comments (32)

It is hard to imagine that they can find much food clustered together like this. Nice capture!
Nice colours and composition.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 28 Feb 2008, 01:40
Nice capture! I like their little orange feet too!
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 28 Feb 2008, 01:46
Great capture
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 02:24
Is this a murmuration of Turnstones, Ellie? (Where's Mary when we need her?!) Okay, so they're not starlings, but that's the word that comes to my mind. The colors are so rich, whatever they are as they gather together.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:04
Cute little guys! The colors are nice - subdued except for their bright little feet.
Oh delightful: they're such busy little things - and you've captured this well
  • ray
  • Thailand - Land of Smiles
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:55
They seem a little out-of-sorts, Ellie...not a stone being turned by any of them on this occasion.
  • santi
  • sevilla
  • 28 Feb 2008, 06:17
hola gracias por tu visita tienes un maravilloso blog

Hello, thank you for your visit, you have a wonderful blog
You capture very well a delightful moment here Ellie. Well done!
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 08:51
Great camoufalge they wear, Ellie.
I'm amazed you got this close. They scatter pretty quickly.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 09:25
lol at your comment that they are `skittish`. I am often to be seen, marching up and down Milford beach on the heels of Turnstones. Refreshing to see a front view. (:o)
  • martie
  • US
  • 28 Feb 2008, 09:54
How lucky we are they were in a mood to be photographed! Really nice composition!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Feb 2008, 10:03
And extra difficult on a rocky beach. You have managed a great picture in the moment they have given you.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Feb 2008, 12:41
Very nice DOF Ellie, lovely capture
Great capture Ellie. I really like the colors in this shot.
  • iain
  • 28 Feb 2008, 13:13
I love the hint of blue sky reflecting in the water! You've done well with the DOF too, capturing the birds in the middle of the frame in good focus. I like it smile I don't think i've seen a Turnstone before. smile
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 28 Feb 2008, 13:26
Great picture you are lucky you did not chase them, love the colors.
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 28 Feb 2008, 15:26
Great capture, Ellie! I've never seen a Turnstone before. They are adorable! Good angle of view here, btw.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 16:05
You were lucky to capture this many all together, they normally get startled and fly off.
  • Paul
  • 28 Feb 2008, 16:52
I like the diagonal line curtting the picture in half. Wonderful detail as usual Ellie
Sociable creatures aren't they ... Strong construction ...and a good feel to this photo. richard
  • john
  • Norwich , England
  • 28 Feb 2008, 18:38
Hello Ellie

Really lovely shot this.
Cheers
John
  • France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • 28 Feb 2008, 18:54
Your crowds are less shy than my ducks smile ... or may be water is colder ....
The one on the left has definite attitude! Nice shot Ellie
Good diagonal and nice lighting Ellie with plenty of detail in the birds. Well done.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 28 Feb 2008, 22:18
A crowd...is that the collective term? smile My favorite is a Murder of crows.
  • Noa
  • London
  • 28 Feb 2008, 22:49
Nice shot Ellie. Very well composed.
Well caught Ellie, it is ery difficult to get a decent picture of birds along the tideline and you have succeeded.
Beach are very busy there smile
Love this too...I never knew that ISO100 was used for this kind of pics.

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camera E-400
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/800s
aperture f/5.0
sensitivity ISO100
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