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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.
Spotted, Little and Baillon's Crake ID Quiz
HISTORY shows that, despite being reedbed denizens by nature, crakes can and do show up on even the smallest pond on occasion, so keeping an eye out for any rallid on your reedy local patch is a good idea.
With this in mind, you have seen a small crake-like bird peeking through the reeds on your morning circuit in spring. Is it the fairly common Water Rail (still a good ‘patch bird’ for many), or one of the more unusual species? Given your brief and partial views of the front end of the bird, is it that scarce passage migrant Spotted Crake on the way to its scattered breeding grounds, or either of the much rarer Little or Baillon’s Crakes?
Using the information gleaned from Andy Stoddart’s detailed advice in our ID photo guide in the April 2015 issue of Birdwatch, it’s time to make the call.
Wildlife Trust Oregon 4 8x42 binoculars
Win one of six pairs of Wildlife Trust Oregon 4 8x42 binoculars worth £109 each!
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.
Short-eared Owl 1
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).
Bird Atlas 2007-11