Here is a challenge for those who like to spend their time close to water.

An accurate reflection should give a good image of the original, but as birders know, conditions are seldom perfect. Even the tiniest ripple or disturbance on the water can distort the reflection. There should still be enough to name these well-known birds which were seen in the south-west of the USA during the early part of the year and are commonly associated with water. There should be no identification issues if these birds were seen in normal conditions. Can you name all of them?

Enjoy the easy ones before they start getting tricky!


Reflection 04 (2)


Reflection 02 (2)


Reflection 05 (2)


Reflection 03 (2)


Reflection 01 (2)


Reflection 06 (2)

As always, The Management will be furnishing prizes for the most inventive answers. The winner on this occasion will receive the collected emails from Corey to his Beat Writers, including the all-time favourite Christmas ’13 motivational missive (you may recall this one from Corey’s Youtube video in which he wishes all the readers of 10,000 Birds a “Happy Christmas” through the medium of interpretive dance). So, it’s all to play for.

Answers will be appended to this post in a week or so.

Thanks for trying and jolly well done to Larry and Martina who got all 6.

If you are still puzzling, scroll carefully as the full pictures are shown below;

1; Ring-necked Duck

PHX 08Jan15 Ring-necked Duck 01

2; Black-necked Stilt

PHX 08Jan15 Black-necked Stilt 17

3; Pied-billed Grebe

PHX 08Jan15 Pied-billed Grebe 02

4; Greater Yellowlegs

PHX 08Jan15 Greater Yellow-legs 04

5; American White Pelican

PHX 08Jan15 American White Pelican 02

6; Green Heron

PHX 08Jan15 Green Heron 01


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.