7 Mar 2014

An ABC of BIFs

Well the world of photography is full of these odd abbreviations. BIF - of course - is "Birds in Flight" but, despite the post title, you'll be pleased to know that there is no instructional aspect to this post !

"ABC" refers to the names of the birds themselves...

Avocet, Pied - Recurvirostra avosetta

Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor
 Photographic cliche alert....

Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Collared Crows - Corvus torquatus (mobbing an Osprey)

Collared Crows - Corvus torquatus

Cormorant, Great - Phalacrocorax carbo

Curlew, Eurasian - Numenius arquata

We're still "on the road", so this is another post I "made before the programme started" !


  1. Some nice shots there on ABC, and I hope you are enjoying your trip.

    1. Thanks, "H.W."... I'll be posting some trip shots soon...

  2. Really great shots as usual, John! You've mastered the techniques for BIF which so far, I've never been so successful with.

  3. Very nicely done, John. BIFs are never easy.

  4. Hi John,

    I really enjoy your blog and I am writing to ask if you would consider contributing as a Guest Blogger to my new website that my team and I are currently working on.

    We are launching The Urban Birder Club later in the summer. It will be an online resource for Urban Birders everywhere and will feature all the information that an Urban Birder would want. From urban sightings news to conservation issues affecting the urban birding global village to the latest offers and discounts. It will be the first of it’s kind in the world and hopefully, serve a valuable purpose.

    We are also featuring guest blogs from bloggers like yourself, so to that end I would like you invite you to send us a blog for future publishing. We are looking for pieces between 600-800 words with pictures – if you can supply them and hold the copyright.

    The pieces should not be time sensitive i.e ‘My day on the patch yesterday’ but can be general i.e ‘ Santiago in the summertime’.

    We are specifically looking for pieces on the following subjects:

    General Urban Birding – a piece simply about the joys and occasional woes of urban birding.

    Urban Birding Tips – your personal advice and experience to help make urban birding even more enjoyable.

    Connecting with the public - your views and work towards getting city folk involved with nature. Getting volunteers, convincing politians, influencing industry and engaging ethnic minorities.

    Urban Bird Conservation – the latest research and conservation measures regarding urban ornithology. Note that our audience will be largely enthusiastic amateurs so please angle your piece towards laypeople and not scientists.

    My patch – an introduction to your local urban patch and the birds that you have found there.

    Urban art – a great chance to showcase your latest art project whether it be photography, painting, sculpturing or graffiti.

    You can either originate a piece or send our Guest Blog Editor a blog that you have previously written. If you are interested then please let us know and supply your piece to us by May 31st 2014.

    The address is: rick@theurbanbirder.com

    Many thanks

    David Lindo
    The Urban Birder

  5. Wonderful photos! We are impressed!
    Best regards from Poland/ Michał and Piotr

  6. Spectacular as always! I especially like the cormorant skimming to a stop - lovely shot.

  7. Thanks, everyone for the kind words...
    David L. - I'll drop you a line