Smaller than a redshank, turnstones have a mottled appearance with brown or chestnut and black upper-parts and brown and white or black and white head pattern, whilst their under-parts are white and legs orange. They spend most of their time creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones. As such, the Turnstone was given its name because it turns over stones and other objects looking for food.
Joseph Cullingford (one of three brothers) of Durham was responsible for some of the finest taxidermy crafted during the late Victorian period and was appointed Curator of the University Museum, Palace Green, Durham in 1877. Although clearly operating on a commercial basis, Cullingford was employed at the Museum throughout most of his working life. From his Headed notepaper, it seems he had an arrangement enabling him to work privately whilst in the museum’s employ.
A case with sublime balance, poise and craft, much like the birds in flight actually.