Time For a Quiz!
By Ted Keyel
Quizzes can be challenging. You lose out on so much that can help with identification by just looking at one quick capture in time. There are many important factors to keep in consideration, such as lighting, posture, and behavior. It can be trickier still when images have been deliberately changed in such a way to create the quiz. However, all that being said, quizzes can still be extremely useful. The goal of this set of quiz photos is to be a good learning experience. Hopefully it will make you look at these birds a little more closely and see something that you may not have noticed before.
There are many kinds of photo quizzes. Some people use very blurry pictures of easy birds, others take clear shots of cryptic species. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. We have tried to combine decent shots with some lower-quality shots. Realistically, sometimes we get good views of birds from our observation deck, and often we do not. In addition, there are times that with quick and/or poor views, what may be an easy-to-identify bird becomes much harder. One final note to make is that all of these pictures have been taken this fall at Curry Hammock State Park, where the Florida Keys Hawkwatch takes place. So, with all that in mind, here are the pictures.
FKH Sep Quiz 06. In addition to being cropped, this image was turned into a silhouette.
If you think you can identify any of the birds in these photos, please post your answers. Don’t forget to explain why you think your identification is correct. The answers will be posted soon.
All photos by Ted Keyel. Top graphic and editorial contributions by Rafael Galvez.