Identifying unknown water birds is often harder than it looks. I guess that’s obvious, eh? I mean, isn’t everything?
The pesky birds often don’t come in close to shore, making it hard to get a good look at them or to get a picture good enough for identification.
When they are close enough, the sun often complicates things with backlighting that washes out the bird’s distinguishing markings.
When I can see the dagnabbed bird clearly, I often ask obvious questions.
“What’s that duck with the long tail?
And the obvious answer is . . .
Rather than be annoyed at my limited knowledge, I do try to be grateful for the identifications that others, more knowledgeable than I, can make from my photos.
And I do try to remember that in life as in birding, gratitude is often the best response. And that surprisingly often, the obvious answer is the dagnabbed answer.