Fighting Identity Amnesia

Taking some time off.
Back again end of June 2018.

Here's looking at you ... This whole blog started because I was getting fed up with a repetitive pattern of looking up a specific bird that I didn’t know, identifying it through a variety of means, and then forget all about it, and having to do it all over again the next time round. At the same time I became aware that DNA studies had upset the apple cart of bird classification in a big way (see the Nature and Science articles), and I wanted to capture my pictures in that new framework. That’s what I’ve done in the Galleries (#1, #2, #3 and #4). At a later stage I became aware of the existence of the official British bird list, and thought it would be nice to see how it matched up with my own life list. So here it is. Enjoy!

LATEST ADDITION: new series of Forest Farm kingfisher shots.

Latest blog entry : EURASIAN SPOONBILLS FROM ITALY (15 December 2017)

Some recent blog entries :

14 December

Andean Teal
13 December

Common Tern
12 December

11 December


After a while, I became aware that some of my trips abroad could be grouped together in what I call Hot Spots, with entries for the Galapagos archipelago, Botswana and Argentina & Brazil. Somewhat later I realised that hot spots did not have to restrict themselves to places abroad, but suited some of the British island nature reserves such as Lundy Island and Skomer very well, or nearby smaller reserves such as the Somerset Levels or the nearby Forest Farm nature reserve. Only as an afterthought did I add the birds seen in or near my front and back garden in an entry called Garden Ticks.

Taking a break. Back towards the end of June.

Coming Soon:

  • 16 December – Harpy Eagle
  • 17 December – Blackbird
  • 18 December – Great Black-backed Gull
  • 19 December – White-headed Duck
  • 20 December – Barn Swallow Morning Song
  • 21 December – Chestnut-breasted Coronet
  • 22 December – Red-footed Boobie Chick

Some more pages :

I hope this is of any use to visitors, including myself. If not, leave any suggestions for improvement in the comments box. Especially suspect identifications should be flagged up, so that I can put them right.

Note: All the photographs as well as the YouTube videos in the blog are mine. Still, I don’t mind if people want to use them elsewhere (you’ll find a small number of the pictures in Wikimedia Commons).

On a number of pages I have embedded bird sounds which come from Xeno-Canto’s sound library, and the UK distribution maps on some pages come from the Bird Atlas Mapstore. If anyone has any problems with this, please contact me, and I’ll see what I can do.

P.S. With special thanks to the Bird Identification Q&A part of the Bird Forum for helping me out on several occasions. Their comments have always been concise, spot on and courteous.


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