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Turnstones

Dave Simpson (March)



Sea kayaking can be a great way to see some wildlife that we don't usually come across.
Just on the shores of Bull Bay on Anglesey these Turnstones were picking their way through the pebbles in search of any food.


They can be seen all around the UK coastline on rocky shores as well as sandy and muddy ones. It easy to figure out how they came by the name 'Turnstone' as they feed on insects, crustaceans and molluscs under stones and pebbles - If you watch carefully you will notice them actually flicking the pebbles over to expose the delicacies below. They particularly like feeding on rocks covered with seaweed, and can often be found feed along seawalls and jetties.

Closely related to the sandpiper have many similarities in appearance with brown upper body, white underparts and orange legs .
These little guys are still dressed up for winter. As summer approaches their heads will adopt a distinctive black and white colouring and their upper bodies will become much more reddish brown






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