Birding Bloopers #20

When I set out to record a few birding bloopers – misidentification of birds – I never realised I would get so many willing contributors. But here we are – up to number 20. There is a standing, open invitation to all my readers to contribute their embarrassing birding moments – or dob in someone else.

This latest contribution comes from Snail – she’s dobbed in someone else. I think this is a classic:

I’m forever mistaking inanimate objects for birds. But here’s one more story where I can point the finger at another (unnamed) party.

We were having a Sunday afternoon picnic in a park in Townsville. One of the people at the next table—a self-proclaimed expert in natural history—announced loudly and confidently, “Hear that sound? It’s a whistling kite.”

We took the squeaky toy from the dog and put it in a bag.

Some things are best left unsaid.

Thanks to Snail from A Snail’s Eye View for this classic birding blooper.

Read more birding bloopers here – some entertaining reading.

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Disclaimer: This photo has nothing to do with this article; I just think it’s a nice photo from my photo gallery and I wanted to share it with you.

 

2 Responses to “Birding Bloopers #20”

  1. oh my god!! That White-Bellied Sea-Eagle looks scary – like it wants to kill me hehe.. Nice :-)

  2. Trevor says:

    Munch, Munch, Munch!

    Hi Dansk,

    The bird in this photo was actually perched on a zoo keeper’s arm at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney. It was part of the Free Flight Bird Show held every day at the zoo.

    Trained eagles, hawks, owls, parrots and other birds put on a display in front of the crowd while the keeper explains something about each species. All this against the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Magnificent.

    Read more here:
    http://www.taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo/plan-your-visit/daily-presentations/bird-show.aspx

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