I saw this small flock of Ruddy Turnstones hunkered down on the coast. They were facing into the wind and mostly preening or resting until they, all of a sudden, took to the air and disappeared.
I saw these ruddy turnstones, picking through the grass at one end of Upolu Airport, when they suddenly they took to the air and wheeled away toward the ocean.
Ruddy turnstones are one of several species of birds that summer in Alaska and winter in Hawaii. Here, the bird is known as the ‘Akekeke, the name resembling its call. In the photos, this small group of ruddy turnstones was foraging along the Kona coast at low tide, looking for invertebrates to eat.