ID Chal­lenge

MARCH: LONG-NECKED BIRDS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

This month’s topic is long­necked birds – how many will you iden­tify?

THIS MONTH’S CHAL­LENGE is all about long-necked birds. Or to be more pre­cise, it’s about large, long-necked, long-legged birds. That clar­i­fi­ca­tion was just in case you were ex­pect­ing swans and geese. No, this is about the dis­parate bunch of not nec­es­sar­ily closely re­lated birds, in­clud­ing heron, egrets, storks and cranes. That is, birds which have long necks and long legs in com­mon. Many of th­ese species are not par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to iden­tify, so we have made it a tad more ‘chal­leng­ing’ by pro­vid­ing you with some slightly more ‘re­al­is­tic’ field views, in­clud­ing a few sil­hou­ettes or near-sil­hou­ettes. Have a look through this se­lec­tion of six birds, name them, then, as usual, turn for our so­lu­tions and turn again for more ID tips. And, please let us know, at the usual ad­dress, if you find th­ese ID Chal­lenges useful.

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