The Rules of Birdwatching

I don’t make ‘em

That time I had the right lens: Magpie Goose flies by, Hasties Swamp, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott
  1. Always take your binoculars.
  2. Pareidolia is a powerful thing. Everything looks like a bird, including a foraging goat*, guano on a rock**, and rescue helicopters***. Make sure you’re actually watching a bird before loudly and confidently informing other people of your find. (*Australian Bustard; ** Little Pied Cormorant; *** White-bellied Sea-eagle.)



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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: