Here are the answers for challenge #11 of 2013.
Well done to Cois Cois for getting the top mark, which was 8/9
The average score was 5.7/9 or 63.33%.
- A few people said it's a Kestrel, but the shape is wrong for a Kestrel (which are much thinner looking birds), and Kestrels also don't have the barring underneath, and also have dark, not yellow eyes. I think almost everyone who got it as an Accipiter went with Shikra, which I was quite impressed with. With that yellow cere it can only really be between Shikra and Little Sparrowhawk. Some features that separate the two include the slight supercilium, which Little Sparrowhawk lacks, the lack of a yellow eye ring, and the barring goes all the way up the throat, whereas with Little Sparrowhaw it doesn't. Photo taken at Tuli Block, Botswana.
#2Dark-capped Bulbul (leucistic)
- Another good example showing that often when IDing birds the GISS (general impression of size and shape) is more important than colouring. If you just used plumage to ID this bird you would have been totally thrown off, but if you just look at the shape of it, you can clearly see it's a Bulbul. You can also see a bit of the yellow vent which is characteristic of Bulbuls. Photo taken in Pretoria, Gauteng.
- The shape and colouring, and bill all point towards his being a Warbler of some sort, and the rufous wing panels and white throat patch confirms this is a Common Whitethroat. Photo taken at Kgomo-Kgomo, North West.
- Very similar to Common Cuckoo, but has heavier white barring on the under-tail. Photo taken at Mkhombo Dam, Mpumalanga.
#5Black-winged Pratincole (non-br)
- Not many problems here, most people got it. There is more extensive white underneath than Red-winged Pratincole, and it goes all the way onto the breast. Photo taken at Mkhombo Dam, Mpumalanga.
#6 I want both birds in this picturea) Greater Painted Snipe
- No real problems here. Very distinct markings.b) Common Greenshank
- Similar in colour to Marsh Sandpiper, but has a much thicker, and slightly upturned bill. Photo taken in Pilanesberg, North West.
- This one caused a few problems. It's too boldly marked, and the bill is too long and thin to be a Pipit. Once you have it as a Lark, the bill is way too short to be any of the Long-billed Larks, and also the supercilium is too broad to be a Long-billed Lark. This leaves only Short-clawed Lark. Photo taken at Mamabola Grasslands, Limpopo.
#8African Finfoot (juv)
- A few people though the white on the face of this bird was an eye ring, which would throw you off a bit. Those are in fact just facial markings. The big, flat tail is wrong for a Night Heron anyway, and is characteristic for African Finfoot. Photo taken at Borakalalo, North West.
Thanks to all who made an effort and took part. I hope some of you were able to learn some things from this challenge.
Hope you all take part, and enjoy adrianp's challenge!