Tricolored Heron in the Gulf surf – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 160mm, natural light
I’ve been added to several groups on Facebook where people post their bird photos and although I don’t participate in sharing my images there very often because Facebook strips out EXIF metadata which leads me to copyright infringement concerns, I do enjoy seeing the bird images that other people post from all over the globe and specifically those found in North America.
Tricolored Heron looking for breakfast in the waves – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 280mm, natural light
I must admit I get a little bonkers though when I see images of birds where the name posted for the species in the photo is incorrect, for instance, it is Tricolored Heron not Tri-colored Heron.
The Tricolored Heron was known as the Louisiana Heron until 1957 when the American Ornithologists’ Union officially changed it to Tricolored Heron. I have checked other sources including Clements, Howard & Moore, International Ornithological Committee (IOC) and can see that this species has never been called “Tri-colored Heron”.
Breeding plumage Tricolored Heron walking in a lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light
Sure there are times people use nicknames in titles, for instance “Spoonies” instead of using Spoonbills or abbreviations such as “Roughie” instead of using Rough-legged Hawk and those are in my opinion acceptable but sticking a hyphen in a name where it does not belong is just wrong. It might also mislead other people who might believe “tri-colored” is the correct name and it isn’t.
In conversation I do use abbreviations, nicknames or even banding codes when I am speaking to people who know birds, for instance other bird photographers or birders, but when I am speaking to people I don’t believe would know the abbreviation or nickname I use the full name of the bird because I want to be helpful, accurate and informative.
So I often wonder… do I correct the person posting “tri-colored” as the name of this species and tell them it is “tricolored” and has never been “tri-colored” or just let it go.
I wouldn’t let it go if someone wrote “Northern Pin-tail” instead of Northern Pintail or “Sand-hill Crane” instead of Sandhill Crane.
Lately I have been more inclined to just let it go on Facebook groups where people are just posting their images but I definitely correct the name if given incorrectly on Facebook pages where people are requesting the identification of a bird they have photographed but don’t know the name of their subject.
It is just a small pet peeve of mine and maybe it is just me that gets bothered by this.
Life is good.