A Photo Guide to Birders


Help us caption these photos!

The pursuit of rare birds can frequently lead to amusing scenes. I have captioned the photos but would love to see what you can come up with, let us know in the comments!

“…if you’re up here she’s just to the left of the patio grill…”

“Now did you get your looks?”…
“…No sir, I didn’t see the undertail coverts yet.”

…”flying.. up… now right… up again. Coming down towards the white trash bag, up past the tire… will be disappearing behind the landfill berm soon… … NOW!!”

“It’s hard focusing”
“Agreed. We should spread out a bit”


Why not?

“We dipped, we dipped.”

“Did anybody take a good shot at it yet?”

Thanksgiving Day
“I guess we’ve all switched Turkey for Quail today.”

About the Author


Not too many people keep a lifelist at Age 7 by themselves. I did. But it didn't get above 60 until I tagged along on a birding walk outside the yard at age 14. Here I realized that there actually were people called "birders" who love birds, just like myself. A year later I began eBirding, and I have been an advocate of the program ever since. My interest in Cornell's eBird program is constantly increasing, perhaps spurred on by my inquisitive scientific nature (I'm pursuing a major in Biochemistry at Hope College, MI). Two years ago I started web developing, and have made significant contributions to the birding world since then through my Google Gadgets. Just two years after I began eBirding I was named "eBirder of the Month" by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in January, 2012. I continue to explore new technologies which I publish on my website, and work actively to promote eBird by either helping birders learn to use the program or giving web developers tips on taking advantage of eBird's great dataset.

  • Ha! These photos are priceless, especially the ‘heads-up’ helpers in photo 2.

    Photo 1:
    “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

    Photo 2:
    “Two Heads are better than one.”

    Photo 3:
    “Caution: Men At Work.”

    Photo 4:
    “Really hope we don’t all have to turn around.”

    Photo 5:
    “SBS: Sudden Birding Syndrome.”

    Photo 6:
    (In a David Attenborough voice) “Here we have 4 migrant waders. They’ll follow the flocks throughout the winter until they’re left behind in the spring.”

    Photo 7:
    “Come out with your hands up!”

    Photo 8:
    …”Kardashian was last spotted in the area around…”

    • Zachary DeBruine

      Brilliant Laurence! Love your captions, especially 1,2,3,4,6,and 7 (and 5 and 8 🙂

    • These are great Laurence!

      I have some humorous photos as well, shots of people birding are great.

      • Zachary DeBruine

        Nice Drew! I really like the first one. How often don’t birders find themselves hightailing it towards a rare bird–or even sometimes what is just a wild goose chase!

  • DaMacCheese

    Cool, wish there was a side caption for what bird they were looking at in each picture.