Well done to anyone who managed to identify the correct birds from their reflections. Nobody who took the time to submit their thoughts to the comments section scored 10 out of 10, but there were some horrible ones in there and the best score was 6 out of 10. Ingrid had 7 of the required answers, but blotted her copybook by putting one against the wrong reflection. Numbers 1 through 4 and 6 didn’t cause any problems and I was surprised to see how easily number 10 was identified.

5, 7, 8 and 9 however were the stinkers it appears.

Before you look at the answers below, take one more look at the challenge and bear in mind that there are no geese and no falcons. Use leg colours as a cue in the other two. All of the birds are strongly associated with water and were seen in San Francisco around the New Year.


SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 052

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 093

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 07


SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 115

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 126

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 017

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 088

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 039

SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 04

10Glaucous-winged Gull


  1. Ruddy Duck
  2. Northern Shoveler
  3. Green Teal
  4. Ring-necked Duck
  5. Bufflehead
  6. American Avocet
  7. Greater Yellowlegs
  8. Long-billed Dowitcher
  9. Western Sandpiper
  10. Glaucous-winged Gull
Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.