Birding Quizzes and how to find them
by Nate Swick
So many of us are drawn to an photo of an unidentified bird like a moth to a flame. Maybe it's the opportunity to test our skills or maybe it's the opportunity to be proven right, or likely a little from column A and a little from column B, but there's something about the Photo Quiz that has made it an essential part of birding culture for as long as we've paired cameras and binoculars.
The ABA offers no shortage of opportunities to challenge yourself in the realm of blurry and confusing photos, and even the opportunity to pick up some prizes along the way too.
The Eyrie, the ABA's young birder blog, provides opportunities for young birders but there's almost always something to challenege the rest of us too. The most recent Photo Quiz came out last week, go check it out if you dare.
If you find yourself completely stumped, here are the solutions.
And, of course, there's the big daddy of Photo ID Quizzes, the one hosted on ABA's website and choreographed by long-time Colorado Field Ornithologists' quizzmaster and self-described master in the art of the photo quiz shot (i.e. the poor photograph...)Tony Leukering. Get six consecutive months of correct responses and you not only win the adoration of your peers, but a prize from The Birder's Diary. You may have trouble finding the bird in July's edition.