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The Birdwatch ID photo guide

We run mystery bird quizzes to accompany our comprehensive ID photo guides. Click here to find the identity of the mystery bird and the winner's name for the last three quizzes.

Black-headed and Bonaparte's Gulls ID Quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin Garner and friendsClosing Date: 14 Mar 2015

ALMOST any local patch has the capacity to attract gulls, and yours is no exception. There’s also the chance of a more unusual gull turning up – maybe a Mediterranean, or perhaps something even rarer – among transient flocks of commoner species.

This is precisely the reason that you’ve stopped to stare at the small gull now resting on the surface of your local park lake. It’s probably just a Black-headed Gull, and that’s what you assumed when you saw it land out of the corner of your eye – yet it struck you as slightly odd.

Now you need to sort it one way or the other, so using the information gleaned from Josh Jones’s detailed advice in our ID photo guide in the March 2015 issue of Birdwatch, it’s time to make the call.

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Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award

This prestigious award, held in association with the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and Swarovski Optik, is given to the artist whose work at the SWLA’s annual exhibition The Natural Eye is considered to be the most outstanding. Submissions must be made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the SWLA. The award judges are Dominic Mitchell (Managing Editor, Birdwatch), Bruce Pearson (SWLA), Chris Rose (SWLA), Andrew Stock (SWLA) and Peter Antoniou (Managing Director, Swarovski Optik UK). The winner is announced at the preview of The Natural Eye, which currently takes place in late October, and coverage appears in Birdwatch in the following issue (usually the December edition, published November). The prize is Swarovski optical equipment of the winner’s choice (terms and conditions apply) and a three-year subscription to Birdwatch magazine.

2013 winner

Short-eared Owl 1 by Nik Pollard

Short-eared Owl 1
By Nik Pollard

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Birdwatch Bird Book of the Year

This annual award recognises excellence in ornithological publishing by nominating as its winner the most original, important or popular book on birds published during the year. Shortlisted titles chosen by the Birdwatch editorial team range from field guides and monographs to atlases and photographic works; from this shortlist Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell selects the winning title. Details of the winner and any highly commended entries are featured in Birdwatch each year in the February edition (published January).

2013 winner

Cuckoos of the World by Johannes Erritzeo, Frederick P Brammer, Richard A Fuller and Clive F Mann

Bird Atlas 2007-11
By Dawn Balmer, Simon Gillings, Brian Caffrey, Bob Swann, Iain Downie and Rob Fuller
Published by BTO Books, Thetford

Dominic Mitchell on why this book is a worthy winner
Read David Callahan's review
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