IDing 2 Birds with 1 Photo
August 31, 2014
Is there a word for what a happened to several birders at the Warden's Watch on Friday evening?
Three birders were on the platform, and two birders were below, in front of the platform. One birder thought he saw a female Redstart darting in the trees on the nearby little peninsula to the left. A birder above started looking and glimpsed the bird as well -- but he determined it was a male Redstart.
A friendly disagreement ensued. Peter Burger, a photographer, happened to get a "grab shot" of the bird -- a male Redstart, for sure.
When the folks below saw the photo the following day, they realized they had been looking at a totally different bird, likely because of the different vantage points.
Thanks to photography, the mystery was resolved.
Is there a word for this, sort of like a parallax view?