This whole business of identifying birds...
Mohan took a picture of a disssstant bird at the farmhouse, and I told my friends, after my brief look at the bird (not the photograph) that it was a Shikra. Then after I downloaded the picture on to my laptop, I had a doubt, and asked
….the debate went on a little while before Y and K agreed that A was right…if this is what happens to such experienced birders…what chance do I have??? K,A,Y….three different id’s, not to mention my own wrong one…that’s not O-KAY! ;-)
Well, A tells me that raptors (birds of prey) are amongst the most difficult to id. That figures…all the birds mentioned above look quite, quite alike to me….ok, there ARE some small differences, but…it’s so difficult to spot all those minutiae when the bird is far away, and also there for just a minute or two…..
Sigh. Learning something new is such a great thing…but it can also be frustrating when people half my age have skills that are taking me forever to acquire. However, my name is Percy Vere….