Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
The Ruddy Turnstone is wide-ranging shore-bird breeding in northern Eurasia and America and wintering south of the equator. The above 2 photos were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Mexico.
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
The breeding male of the Ruddy Turnstone, also called just the Turnstone, has ruddy feathers and a black chest; the female and non-breeding males are greyer.
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstone
The other photos of Turnstones were taken by Elizabeth Barrett, mostly in Tenerife.
Ruddy Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstone
Turnstones, the Ruddy and the Black, are related to sandpipers but were previously grouped with plovers. They normally gather in small flocks.
Turnstone with fishing line
Turnstone with fishing line
Turnstone with fishing line
This unfortunate turnstone has swallowed a bait hook attached to a line discarded by an angler. It was heartbreaking to watch but it was impossible to catch the bird to release the hook and the bird will probably die a slow death from starvation.
Turnstone caught in fishing line
Turnstone caught in fishing line
Turnstone caught in fishing line