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Old 08 February 2016, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Die Capacitrix View Post
My mother's friend, an avid bird-watcher, once identified a bird as an "LBT". When pressed, she admitted it stood for "Little Brown Thing". So even the serious ones don't always know everything.
I was going to say, I've heard it as "LBJ" for "Little Brown Job" but it's a well-known birdwatching term!


Originally Posted by Don Enrico View Post
I'm still waiting for a bird watching guide that has pictures of all species of birds of prey as an in-flight silhouette.
The Hamlyn Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe has a page of silhouettes comparing each broad type (since falcons, for example, would all look similar) and then each species has a view showing them in flight straight from below, which you could easily imagine as a silhouette just by ignoring the colours. There are head-on views too. I don't know if it's available in German, but I shouldn't think that would matter since you could always cross-reference the Latin names with another book if you weren't sure of the species...

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