December 5, 2020
Bushwalking with a group of birdwatchers I came to recognise one well-known type of bird – the LBB, the little brown bird. This label is applied to small bird seen at a distance through binoculars as they flit in the foliage when they are too active, too hidden, their feathers brown and unremarkable, and the birdsong unrecognised. But for birdwatchers, who count and document each sighting, these anonymous birds still get a tick in the log. I spent long periods quietly waiting through the discussion until the LBB label is agreed before, as a group, we resumed our mountain trail walk.