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New! Spot the Bird!

A recent post, Spot the Pipit, inadvertently marked the inauguration of a series of themed posts in this webjournal: Spot the Bird.

After posting Spot the Pipit, it occurred to me that in the Three Star Owl photo files were other pix which showed birds that were more or less hard to see, but which were fun to look for.  Most of these shots were entirely by accident — at least one bird was so well hidden I didn’t even know there was a bird in the picture until I got the file downloaded to my computer and enlarged — so I can’t claim any real credit, just a sort of 99 monkeys with 99 cameras and 99999 photographs phenomenon.

The birds in Spot the Bird photos may not be easy to find for a variety of reasons: some may be in plain sight, but exceptionally well camouflaged; some may be deliberately trying to hide; some might be very very small or just part of a bird; some might not even be a bird.  Some might be visual jokes, or even manipulated photo images (which I will disclose).  And, there might be trick “Spot” moments…

So, keep a sharp eye out, and look for the Gilded (and very spotted) Flicker “Spot the Bird” logo (above), or search the Spot the Bird! category to find posts with a hidden critter photo challenge from now on out!

To get started, here’s an oldie but goodie that longtime readers of this blog will recognize: in the category of TUI (Totally Unmanipulated Image), I took this photo on the San Pedro River in Southeastern Arizona a few springs back. A version of it was featured in an older Three Star Owl post called Vertical Napping Bark, which also appeared as a guest post on Sharon Stiteler’s lively Birdchick.com site.

Can you Spot the Owl — or is it Owls?  Please let me know where the owl/s are, although there are no rewards except the knowledge that you Spotted the Bird.  (Click on the image to enlarge to make it easier, but not until you’ve given up otherwise)

Posted by Allison on Feb 5th 2010 08:30 am | 6 Comments
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6 Responses to “New! Spot the Bird!”

  1. sueon 06 Feb 2010 at 8:52 am link comment

    wow, that’s one big tree. Owl (GH?) is on the lowest broken trunk. Is that a nest cavity below?

  2. Allisonon 06 Feb 2010 at 12:13 pm link comment

    Yes, a Great Horned on the rim of the broken off trunk; but, can you spot the owlet? It’s hard to see, you may have to enlarge the photo…

  3. sueon 06 Feb 2010 at 1:59 pm link comment

    peeking from behind the adult? off to the lower left in the picture…not sure what I’m looking for…sort of downey head? that’s just such perfect camoflage.

  4. Cynthiaon 08 Feb 2010 at 1:01 pm link comment

    Good heavens, I did not see that adult owl AT ALL!! I think I see a little baby in the opening in the top left corner but maybe that is my imagination??

  5. Eileenon 14 Mar 2010 at 3:09 pm link comment

    OH ,BOY! OH BOY! I FIND THEM BOTH! There’s a mom & her chick. Must be naptime. The moms’ camoflage is SO EXCELLENT! I wish i could do that!

  6. […] napping bark would be, of course, an owl. This concept inaugurated the Spot the Bird feature here on Three Star Owl […]

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