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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:45 am 
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6/10 for #27. Well pleased. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:19 am 
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Answers to #27/2013

The stats:

12 participants.
Highest score 10/10
Average: 82.5%

1. African Rail (12/12 correct answers, joint easiest entry)

As everyone got this one right, there is no need for me to elaborate on the answer.

2. Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk (8/12 correct answers, most common mistake was Greater Spotted Cuckoo)

The angle makes it tricky. The talons however are clearly visible which would rule out things like Cuckoos. The bird is compact where cuckoos have a more elongated GISS.The undertail pattern and the bill shape is also not right for a cuckoo.

3. Square-tailed Drongo (11/12 correct answers)

Distinguished from Southern Black Flycatcher by its more compact GISS, forked tail and red eye. The tail is slightly shorter and much less forked than that of the Fork-tailed Drongo.

4. Double-banded Courser (Only 6/12 correct answers, this was the most difficult of the lot, but some people managed to crack the code by looking it up on my site. :twisted: )

It was called a "real stinker" by one of the participants. No one really had the right to get this one correct, but some "thinking out of the box" and sneakiness brought results. :twisted: I have no idea really how to describe the bird, so will leave it at that for now.

5. Kurrichane Buttonquail (11/12 correct answers)

Clearly a bird from the quail family. The distinct pattern on the back would lead you to Kurrichane Buttonquail.

6. Grey Sunbird (9/12 correct answers)

The overall grey colour and the green/blue hue on the wing shoulder were the id features which distinguished it from any other sunbird.

7. Swee Waxbill (12/12 correct answers, joint easiest entry)

As everyone got this one right, there is no need for me to elaborate on the answer.

8. Amethyst Sunbird - transitional (10/12 correct answers)

The bird is in transitional plumage and many a good birder are caught out by this. The purple throat and green sheen on the forehead is visible enough to point this one to the correct species.

9. Brown-throated Martin (11/12 correct answers)

The longish pointed wings, head and bill all pointed to the Martin family. The brown breast and throat and lack of white spots on the tail ruled out the rest of the competitors.

10. Bushveld Pipit (almost no problems, 8/12 correct answers)

Another rather tough one as Pipits always turn out to be. Once you have narrowed it down to Pipits, you have to look at the tail length and the throat colouration. Tree Pipits have a whiter throat and Short-tailed Pipits, well, a much shorter tail.


Well done to all who participated and I hope you all learned a great deal from it. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:18 pm 
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Thanks Wildtuinman. I only managed to answer 8 and managed to get 6/10 (or 6/my 8).

Now to attempt the next one - how fast do the weeks fly by.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you Wildtuinman! I'm glad I got 6/10 for #27/2013! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well I could kick myself :doh: why did I not see the link to your pics I could have saved all that hair I pulled out.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Shushin wrote:
Well I could kick myself why did I not see the link to your pics I could have saved all that hair I pulled out.


Should you have seen and used the link, you wouldn't have learnt anything Shushin! :lol:

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Challenge #29/2013 shall be posted by Johan van Rensburg on Friday, 26 July 2013. :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6/10 for #28 :|

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Only 4/10 for #28.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Only 4/10 for me also on #28 :(

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5/10.......seems some of us struggled a bit. :redface: :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I am so sorry, that I did not have the time this week :( :redface: I still have this afternoon, who knows :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks Deefstes - 6/10 for #28. Will see what I got right and what wrong tomorrow.

Will probably not be able to do #29 and I will be looking at "real" birds at a bush lodge!!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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8/10 for challenge #28/2013! Thank you for an awesome challenge Deefstes! Looking forward to the answers later on! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Hilda that is a great score well done :thumbs_up: Well done to all others who participated. Looking forward to the next one.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks Shushin! I am more than satisfied with my score. :lol:

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