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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:38 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:32 am 
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Results for challenge #6

#1 Blacksmith lapwing – this lapwing regularly breeds very close to water – a big clue for its ID
#2 Little sparrowhawk, juv
#3 Southern pochard, fem
#4 Groundwoodpecker, fem
#5 Euro roller, moulting
#6 Bathawk – the light coloured legs and pointed carpal joint (wrist) are typical and well inllustrated in many guide books
#7 Meve’s starling
#8 Hartlaub’s gull – the white spots on the wing tips, near white head and dark red bill and legs are all typical
#9 Cape francolin
#10 Leveillant’s cisticola – you have to get the family right first. Thereafter it is (nearly) a dawdle… the only cisticola with black feathers on the back and a uniformly rufous crown (unstreaked)

It was a tough one, hey :lol: Very few posts (4) with results came my way, but those that did post here all battled with the lapwing chick, the bathawk and the cisticola. How did it go your side, WTM?

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:54 pm 
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Here are two so long. Joe will post the other 8 later.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:13 pm 
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And the next eight:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:39 am 
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Eish, but you guys / gals are keen :lol:

Here goes...

#1 - African cuckoo-hawk (juv)
#2 - Grey-headed sparrow (juv)
#3 - Black-headed oriole (juv)
#4 - Puffback
#5 - Black-chested prinia (br)
#6 - White-starred robin (juv)
#7 - Striped pipit
#8 - Jamieson's firefinch (m)
#9 - Lesser flamingo (juv)
#10 - Red-knobbed coot (chick)

:lol: Six juvies... I guess that WAS a bit over the top! I promise nNOT to do that again :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:09 am 
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Ja nee kyk.
(Yes no look)

Joe is like a milk cow with a tungsten udder.

That response from him was no less than sleeping on a pillow stuffed with a Gauteng telephone directory. :|

The only other thing I could come close to IMO was a Lesser Honeyguide (with a yellow gape from perhaps chowing a handful of beewax and honey). I really try hard to make out a thin malar stripe on the bird in this photo. :whistle:

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Nothing explains the yellow legs thou.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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1. Image
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:43 am 
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1. African Snipe - bill, feather patterns diagnostics

2. Ruff (non breeding) - Upperparts scaled, black bill and shape diagnostic

3. Verreaux's Eagle-owl. There is a suggestion of eartufts that would narrow the field a bit. Plus, if you got an indication of size from the tree type (knobthorn) you’d narrow it down even further. A faint white wing stripe probably provides the final clue.

4 Painted Snipes, M&F – bill shape and feather patterns

5. Harlequin Quail (M) – feather (facial) patterns

6. Dusky Sunbird imm male

7 & 8. Greater Honeyguide chick being fed by a Meve’s starling.

9.. Amur Falcon (F)

10. Fairy Flycatcher

11. Cape Gull (Juv). Some confusion exist regarding “Cape” and “Kelp”… I’ll do a bit of research and post something on this issue a bit later.

Hope you guys enjoyed this one too. If anyone missed out on a reply from me regarding your submission, I appologise… it had been a crazy week for me – I had to resort to mobile internetz – not always dependable, so I use the mobile webz excuse! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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There you are, boys and girls... knock yourselves out! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Answers to nr.9 are:

#1 Golden-tailed woodpecker

#2 Ground-scraper thrush

#3 Night-jar, squaretailed

#4 Flycatcher, ashy

#5 Martial Eagle

#6 White-winged tern

#7 Lanner falcon, southern pale chanting goshawk

#8 Lesser moorhen, juv

#9 Longbilled crombec

#10 Yellow-Billed Kite


Here is challenge number 10, thanks to Joe. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Hey, I'm ready to post, Freddy! So, you tjokkers and tjieks who have been fast can have an early look at the new challenge. The slow tjokkers and tjieks... take this as a prompt to get going with your submissions! :twisted:

The WTM has come up with a suggestion that will lengthen the run of this challenge somewhat - the weekly "winner(s)" of the challenge will be offered the option of contributing to the next weeks' challenge. Obviously you tjokkers and tjieks don't HAVE to accept the offer, but it will help if you do. Your submission must be your own work. We still retain the right to amend what we receive and eventually publish. :wink: :lol: Okay, here goes challenge #11... enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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So, here are the results of challenge #10...

1. Marsh Owl – Small ear tufts narrowly spaced - unique ID feature.
2. White-browed Sparrow-Weaver - Distinct facial markings, broad white eyebrow.
3. Curlew Sandpiper - Only sandpiper in region with decurved bill.
4. Pale Flycatcher - Little contrast between upper- and lower-parts.
5. Sandwich Tern - Yellow bill tip and Swift Tern - yellow bill.
6. Pale-winged Starling – Orange/yellow eye.
7. Juv Lanner Falcon - Typical black face mask; throat, nape cream; dark brown streaking on chest. No tapering tail. Broad cream terminal bar on tail.
8. Yellow-bellied Greenbull - Redish-brown eye, underparts rich yellow
9. Juv Red-throated Wryneck - Chestnut throat, barring on chest-belly, fine barring on tail - duller on neck than adult
10. Karoo prinia (juv) – well-marked underparts, giss typically prinia, light brown iris. Yellow gape indicates it is a baby… the pale yellow (creamy) underparts will develop in time.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Okay... here's an easier one!

Challenge #12

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Results for challenge #11:

#1 Fawn-coloured Lark - White eyebrow, underparts white in stark contrast with reddish back.
#2 White-headed Vulture J - pink and blue bill diagnostic
#2 White-backed Vulture – Dark eye
#3 Lanner Falcon J - Head and throat pale, dark brown streaks on breast
#3 Booted eagle – Pale patch on wing coverts and white shoulder patch diagnostic
#4 African Fish Eagle Juv – Facial colours looks ospreyish, but the bill and build is too heavy
#5 Yellow-breasted Apalis Juv – Yellow gape tells age.
#6 Golden-rumped Tinkerbird - Crown and upper back solid black, stripe from forehead to side of neck white, malar streak black.
#7 Square-tailed Drongo - Iris deep red, only contrast to the black. Stocky build.
#8 Ruff - Legs and feet orange, white at base of bill
#8 Wood Sandpiper - above olive brown spotted with white diagnostic, legs and feet yellow/green
#9 Pin-tailed Whydah male in early moult - Top of head broadly striped black and tawny
#10 Black Flycatcher- Glossy black, bill slender deep at base dark brown eye

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