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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:59 am 
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Oh dear! That trickle has dried up :( :( Only two answers in at the end of the first week. :hmz:

Where is everyone? All preparing for the big party, maybe :hmz:

Looks like your book is safe until 2015, Hilda. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Don't despair umtali1! There is a whole weekend ahead, plus another week, and I know the participants are not going to let you down, they will submit their answers before the due date, and I might just give the first Raptor Guide away before 2015! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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hilda wrote:
Don't despair umtali1! There is a whole weekend ahead, plus another week, and I know the participants are not going to let you down, they will submit their answers before the due date, and I might just give the first Raptor Guide away before 2015! :dance: :dance:

:hmz: :hmz: Still a long way to go before Hilda has to give her book away..........

W/e gone and into second week and only five responses :think:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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11/12 for me for challenge #39/2014! That upside down birdie got me! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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well mine's in and got 9/12 which is brill for me...
some not-so-simple-ones in there methinks.. :hmz:

now off to the ducklings beforethe virtual party starts....
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=31&t=82746
(since we can't all make the real one :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :cry: :cry: )
lots of preps to do yet...

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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There were 9 participants in this challenge.

1) Ashy flycatcher. Eggs - glossy cream or buff, finely spotted yellowish to choc. brown, or pale grey. No problems here -8/9

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2) Buffy pipit . Nest position -placed in hollow adjacent to tuft of grass or below overhanging rock. Only 2 had this LBJ incorrect

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3) Red-billed firefinch. Parasitised by village indigobird. No problems here.
100% correct

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4) Green woodhoopoe. Eggs - pale greenish blue or turquoise with small white pits. 100% correct again

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5) Shell ducklings
5/9 had this correct and one of you noticed the adult's reflection!

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This was the uncut image!

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6) Common fiscal
100% correct

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7) Wahlbergs eagle
Caused a few problems. 6/9 The crest on the hind crown and the bright yellow gape and talons are characteristics.(I had this verified by an eminent birder)

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8) Yellow billed kite
Oh dear! I was very mean here. :twisted: No one had it correct :( :sori:

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This was the photo taken a few seconds earlier. Note the characteristic forked tail.

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Thank you very much for participating and thanks to all the participants over the year. Also thanks to the many CMs who have kept us paging those bird books. :thanx:

Thanks also to my SO for being the camera man. :k

Once again Hilda, take a bow for all your hard work this year and for helping to keep this challenge alive. :gflower: :gflower:

Enjoy your birding over the upcoming festive season.

Until the New Year.........

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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AG please can't we get one to keep us busy during those boring holidays up here in JHB while the whole country is on the beach........

yes I know i'm pushing my luck.....

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:17 pm 
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I'm really sorry, I was very keen to enter this one but I put it off last week and then simply ran out of time this week. Thanks for the interesting challenges, I have definitely learnt a lot from these so far. I look forward to the next one next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Unfortunately I also did not find the time to participate it is a hectic time of the year :?

It was a nice challenge umtali and loved as well the bonus questions :thumbs_up:


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