Titchwell turnstone a winner

Turnstone picture taken by John Walker

Turnstone picture taken by John Walker

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As part of the Waderfest weekend at RSPB Titchwell Marsh, John Walker took first prize in the photographic competition.

The judges liked the natural behaviour being exhibited by the turnstone, the colouration of the bird’s plumage and legs is very clear and John, a visitor from Berkshire, managed to get a good shot without disturbing the bird. Smaller than a wood pigeon, turnstones have a mottled appearance with brown or chestnut and black upperparts and brown and white or black and white head pattern, whilst their underparts are white and legs orange. They spend most of their time creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones. Avocets and spoonbills were other waders spotted in the weekend.