This bird is transitioning between plumages...
You can see a bit of the "ruddy" color that gives the bird its name.
It was fun to watch this bird actively hunting through the sand for prey.
I don't know what it was catching, but either the bird was really hungry or the food was extra yummy because it was really gorging itself (and not paying all that much attention to me so I was able to get extra close).
Down the hatch!
Even at the midway point between plumages...quite a handsome bird!