Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), North Seymour Island, April, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
A Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) strides on North Seymour Island in April, in the Galápagos Islands, a province of Ecuador, located 972 km west of the continent of South America. The Ruddy Turnstone is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as Turnstone. North Seymour Island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour and has a maximum altitude of 28 meters (92 feet), formed from geological uplift.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download