Wayne R. Petersen
The photograph of this issue’s mystery species poses multiple questions, not the least of which is whether the bird is coming or going. Although perhaps initially perplexing, a close look at the bird’s legs offers a subtle clue, especially the angle of the bird’s right leg and foot, which indicates that the bird is facing away from the reader. The rest of the image is admittedly less obvious, but once the orientation of the bird is established, the picture becomes easier to puzzle out. As always, viewing the image in color on the Bird Observer website (www.birdobserver.org) is highly advisable to see as many details as possible.
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