Answers to the Bird Butt Shots Contest

by Larry on January 2, 2010

Mallards photo by Larry Jordan

We have three winners of the bird butt shot contest!  Robert and Jann had the most correct answers with 16 followed by Rainer with 13.  I hope everyone enjoyed the challenge as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

A few interesting observations are that everyone thought that butt #5 was a pair of Mallards.  I can see why though because male Mallards are the most common species we see with a black rump and undertail coverts, but there are a couple of differences.  The male Mallard has a white tail and orange feet (photo above) while the Gadwall (image 5) has a gray tail and yellow feet.  Of course, had I not known what bird I shot and I was looking at those rather small images in the original post, I probably would have guessed Mallard also.

No one got #12, the Peregrine Falcon either, probably because there was not a hint of anything identifiable on that photo.  Jann was the only one who got both #11 and #20 correct, those being the Cinnamon Teal and Savannah Sparrow respectively.

Thanks to all who participated.  Here are the answers that match the bird butt shot images with links to some better photos from my Flickr page:

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Robert January 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Larry! That was the most fun bird photo ID contest I’ve ever seen!
.-= Robert´s last blog ..Seed Block Shapes =-.

Thomas January 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2010 Larry.
.-= Thomas´s last blog ..Birding in India – Oriental Darter =-.

Larry January 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

@Robert I had a lot of fun doing it too. I know your kids are going to love this book! Thanks for participating!

Larry January 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

@Thomas I look forward to an excellent 2010 and seeing more of your incredible photographs!

Amber Coakley January 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

How did I miss your contest?! Crud! I’m sorry, Larry – I for sure would have participated if I had known about it – I’ve been away from my computer for awhile. Looks like everyone had fun!
.-= Amber Coakley´s last blog ..ID Challenge – January, 2010 =-.

Nicole January 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Awesome!
I would have failed miserably ;)
Congrats to the ‘winners’ :D
.-= Nicole´s last blog ..Out and about =-.

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