Bird ID guide

Learn to identify birds, with Ray Reedman

Ray Reedman is a member of the Berkshire Ornithological Club and has given many informative talks on how to identify birds. He has adapted a number of his PowerPoint presentations into a series of annotated visual ‘tutorials’, which you can use whenever you have quiet moment. We suggest you start with this Introduction to see what is on offer; it is quite short.

What’s that Wader? Part 1. To Ray, waders are among the most beautiful birds in the world. This video is part one of two to help you identify them.

What’s that Wader? Part 2. This video offers more help with identifying waders. At the end is a quiz covering the birds you have seen in both parts one and two.

Webbed Sights, Wildfowl Part 1 – Ducks. Wildfowl can be very tricky. Field guides offer examples of the average bird. In reality not only are ducks and drakes not alike, but we are likely to encounter eclipse drakes, juvenile forms, hybrids, vagrants and exotic escapes. With wildfowl in particular these problems are often accompanied by a combination of dull light, misted lenses and silhouette views. Ray has included plenty of illustrations which reflect the less-than-perfect conditions. This compilation offers tips and examples which should help to demystify the process of identifying many of the ducks seen in Britain. There is a short quiz at the end.

Webbed Sights, Wildfowl Part 2 – Geese and Swans. In this video Ray explains how to identify geese and swans

Waterside Birds. How to identify Grebes, Gallinules, Crakes, Rails, Herons, Cormorants, Ibis and Spoonbill.

Which Warbler? Ray’s invaluable hints and tips to help you identify warblers.

Frequent Finches & Basic Buntings. Ray’s presentation provide tips on how to identify finches and buntings.

Know Your Land Birds. Help with identifying various land birds including thrushes, corvids, raptors and many others.

Who’s for a Lark or a Chat? Ray helps you get to know larks and chats.

The Whys and Wherefores of Migration. A chance to learn all about migration through Ray’s presentation.

We hope you enjoy watching these presentations and find them useful.