Smooth Looking Ruff  

In your field guide, this bird would be known as a Ruff. In other circles, could we call it Pat Lindsay's rare shorebird of the month? She found this guy at Heckscher State Park on May 22. The next day, I found it a lot easier to photograph than Ruffs past. For whatever it means, Ruffs were my target on the day six years ago that I first ventured out with my new 500 mm lens. The results were -- eh. This time around, I would say the results were a bit better.