Birding bloopers #6
I have been featuring some birding bloopers – or badly misidentified birds – over recent days. This one is from the contributors to the Birding-Aus forum and comes from Eddie in Voss, Norway.
My best blooper (there have been many, but this is the best one) happened many years ago. I was half way up a mountain overlooking a lake when I saw something pink moving in the reeds.
I wasn’t birding at the time so my binoculars were in my car, but it must have been a Flamingo. I dashed back to my car and headed down towards the lake. On getting there the “bird” was still present, but it wasn’t a bird. It was a pink plastic bag that had caught on a broken reed.
From the mountain it looked like a long legged bird with a pink body. The movement was caused by the bag and the reed swaying in the wind.
I don’t know what was more pink – the plastic bag or my face.
Good one, Eddie – and thanks for permission to use your embarrassing moment.
You can check Eddie’s website Birdwatching in Norway by clicking here.
To read more birding bloopers click here.
I honestly stopped a birding bus to look closer at a branch in a tree that looked like a cormorant, but it was where a cormorant often nested.
And Thursday’s birding at http://www.cabdrollery.blogspot.com is a bluebird from a fellow blogger. Very nice pic.
How embarrassing to have a whole BUS LOAD of birders observe your error first hand. I guess you looked twice or even more before announcing any more special sightings.