A couple of days in San Francisco over the New Year caused me to reflect on how much information we actually need to identify a bird. Corey’s devilish warbler quizzes have shown that some people, given the tiniest amount of detail, are capable of superhuman feats of recognition.

SFO 30Dec12 Great Egret 01The air was so still at times this week that the reflections were almost perfect, but just a tiny ripple or bubble on the surface of the water causes enough distortion to make identification more of a challenge. Give these a try.

I might be tempted to have a go at the first five, but they become progressively more difficult after that, so I shall leave them to the experts.


SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 05


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These are trickier, but there are clues if you can pick up on them. Don’t look at them for too long or your eyes will go funny.

As ever, The Management will be furnishing fabulous prizes for anyone who gets them all correct.

They were all taken in San Francisco at the end of December. Best of luck.


SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 01


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SFO 30Dec12 Reflection 13

How did you get on?

I only got 8 out of ten and I have the original photographs!

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.