Today’s bird is a perfect example of how you can easily put the blinkers on when it comes to this pursuit of identifying avian creatures.
Driving the northern section of the reserve, Rangers James Souchon, Greg Pingo and I spotted it atop a tree about 150 metres away.
James and I – who have been here for the whole lockdown period – bantered back and forth between one or two options, before Greg – who has recently returned to the reserve and was therefore coming in with a fresh eye – simply took a few seconds longer, weighed up all the available information in his head, and made the correct call.
Once pointed out, like many puzzles, it was obvious.
Unfortunately the photo below isn’t as obvious, as our view at the time gave us a bit more information, but given what I’ve said above, there is probably enough cryptic info to get you to the right answer.
The ID will be revealed in next Friday’s’s Week in Pictures post…