Fotobirder has more than 400 species on his life list, and he’s been a serious birder for more than 20 years. His father-in-law introduced him to the joys of both birds and bird photography, and he was hooked when he saw his first bald eagle. He recommends studying birds carefully to get as much information about them as possible before trying to identify them – the more you know about the bird, the easier it will be to get an accurate identification. Studying habitat and songs also helps him identify birds, though he admits he still finds fall warblers and gulls to be challenging.
Throughout 2010, Fotobirder participated in 41 of the forum’s weekly challenges and correctly identified 35 of the mystery birds in question – including the solitary sandpiper, Le Conte’s sparrow, Franklin’s gull and other difficult birds.
Do you want a chance to be the 2011 Best Forum Bird Identifier or just need a way to sharpen your bird identification skills? Join this week’s What Bird? Wednesday Challenge and check back each week for more mystery birds to identify!