Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Spotted Thick-Knee, also known as the Cape Thick-Knee or the Spotted Dikkop, Burhinus capensis, photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 18 January 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens with 1.4 extender. ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, f/6.3. Exposure compensation -1.3.

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

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  1. #1 pk1154
    March 28, 2010

    Ok, I am no world-trotting birder so I can just come out and say something, yes? No need to be cryptic?
    Or should I be indirect anyway?

    I think I recognize this bird from its very prominent eye, and the feature it’s named after (in one of its common names) is hidden behind an object that’s prominent in one of its other common names.

    I think I’ve spotted one of these in a zoo, once.

  2. #2 Hai~Ren
    March 28, 2010

    pk1154: I think I can see where you’re going, and I agree with your identification. To be even more specific, I believe this one has something to do with a cape.

  3. #3 pk1154
    March 28, 2010


    Yes, not striped, nor wet, nor on an African beach…so…

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