NOT ALL BIRDS ARE ADULT MALES

Bird Watching (UK) - - July Id Challenge -

One clas­sic ‘begin­ner pit­fall’ that we all tum­ble into from time to time is for­get­ting that birds don’t all come as il­lus­trated ‘in the book’. There is a nat­u­ral bias to­wards think­ing of birds in breed­ing plumage, male, adult and pris­tine. In re­al­ity, birds don’t al­ways look like their il­lus­tra­tions. At this time of year, be par­tic­u­larly aware that young birds may be swim­ming around or pa­trolling the edges of wa­ter bod­ies. Take ju­ve­nile Moorhen (be­low), as an ex­am­ple. Drab and brown, with­out the brightly coloured bill and shield, these fully grown ju­ve­niles can even be seen feeding tiny fluffy young, as they help their par­ents with the next brood...

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