Baby Shorebird

Baby shorebird, perhaps a ruddy turnstone.

I went for a walk on the beach today in Anastasia State Park. I saw this baby shorebird. I think it is a baby ruddy turnstone, but would love to hear from anyone who thinks it is something else. This little one was very active and doing well finding food on the beach. It needs a tail.

This young bird was very active and successful in feeding itself.

Here is a picture of an adult ruddy turnstone I took a few years ago near Marineland.

Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres).

There were lots of royal terns begging for food and keeping their parents busy bringing in fish to feed them. The young royal terns are almost as big as the parents but you can tell the young ones based on their begging posture.

Young royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) begging for food from its parent.

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