This is scary territory we’re entering into.
Struggling to identify a bird because you didn’t get a good look at it is one thing, but when you can see it plain as day and still don’t have a clue, that’s something entirely different.
LBJs (Little Brown Jobs; yes, it’s what they’re officially known as) are generally considered higher-grade birding. “Nondescript” goes a long way towards accurately describing this large and frustrating group of avian species. Larks, pipits, prinias… those are just a few of the families likely to make even the most experienced birder start tearing his or her hair out, so tough can they be to identify.
Fortunately the identification part is usually a little easier than people imagine. Firstly you have the range. Some species occur in one area while others don’t. Then you have habitat. Grassland vs. riverine vs. woodland. Some species live exclusively in one type. Already you’ll have eliminated half of your options.
Then going on size, leg colour, call, and a few other subtle indicators, you can usually arrive at a fairly accurate idea of what bird you’re dealing with.
Unfortunately, when simply looking at a photograph, as you are here, you don’t have much of that information.
We’ll give you a hint – we saw this bird calling on a marula crest, which isn’t usually where we see them…
Answer to be revealed in next Friday’s TWIP, as usual.