Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Water Dikkop, also known as the Water Thick-knee, Burhinus vermiculatus, photographed near the Kilombero River, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 9 January 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens. ISO 320, 1/800 sec, f/7.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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  1. #1 carel
    March 27, 2010

    I think the background provides a good clue here. Only a worm would say more.

  2. #2 Rob
    March 27, 2010

    It’s a Water Thick-knee (or Water Dikkop) Burhinus vermiculatus. There is a black ridge at the top of the bill extending from the face, the cutting edge is black at the base, the white line above the gray wing panel is not bordered by black below. The bill is fairly large and thick.

  3. #3 lectric lady
    March 27, 2010

    That is one Big Eyed bird!

  4. #4 Hai~Ren
    March 28, 2010

    Hmm, we do seem to covering the Burhinidae quite a fair bit!

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