Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Posers and puzzlers

Sometimes, it's like the bird is posing for you. "Here are all my identifying features! Quick take a picture". Sometimes it's still not enough. Look at these examples:

Proof once and for all, if any was needed, that this is not a Shag.

Compare it to this:

Is it greater or is it lesser? I just cant tell. I'd incline towards lesser, but I'm buggered if I know why.

Still, that's what blogs are for. Put me out of my misery.


  1. Lesser; slate grey back (compared to almost-black on Greater), relatively thin bill (compared to the massive thing on a greater)...

  2. Cheers. The legs were throwing me - they change colour in each picture I took. Never seena greater, so I wasn't sure how much darker their backs would be.