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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:47 pm 
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Challenge #13

I thought a "toughie" would be welcome... :twisted:

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Please be aware this challenge has 11 birds for ID :wink:

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The solution to challenge #12:

#1 Saddle-billed stork, juvie
#2 Grey-backed sparrowlark
#3 Southern masked weaver
#4 Pale Flycatcher - tough without size comparison and secondary wing panel showing, but habitat is the clincher… you will NOT expect a chat flycatcher to sit IN a tree… NOT INSIDE…. ONNNN TOP!
#5 Bennet’s Woodpecker (Female)
#6 Senegal Lapwing
#7 Black-bellied bustard
#8 Grey-winged francolin
#9 Boubou, Southern
#10 Black-breasted snake-eagle – many of you suggested martial eagle – have a look - in flight there is no doubt about who’s who.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Answers to Challenge #13

#1 - Yellow-breasted pipit – back pattern and yellow tinge. With a correct ID one “student” spoiled the fun a bit… I didn’t think anyone would get this bird…. So, you would have gotten it AGAIN!! :twisted:

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#2 - Southern ant-eating chat (male) – female would have white shoulder patch

#3 - African Rail

#4 - Cape weaver – nest is a BIG clue :wink: A Spectacled W's nest has a long pipe-like entrance.

#5 - Yellow-billed duck (how easy was this! Everyone got it right!!)

#6 - Croaking cisticola – this cisticola has the heaviest bill of all in its family... the trick was to get the family first.

#7 - Honeyguide, scaly-throated

#8 - Juvie common fiscal – NOT a red-backed shrike: no eyebrow present; barred below, not scalloped; longer tail, heavily patterned on the back. The yellow gap indicates that this is a young bird – true for almost all birds!! A big yellow gape = youth :lol:

#9 – Rock-hooper and African Jackass Penguins

#10 – White-browed Robin-chat (Heuglin's Robin)

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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The number of participants in challenge #13 have become pretty low with only eight entries received. :roll: Somehow support must be drummed up a bit... any suggestions, effort to achieve greater numbers will be appreciated. Please pm your results to me, I promise it is confidential :twisted:

Challenge #14

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Bring it on, bring it on...I have just received my Roberts Multimedia for my PDA in the post :dance: This week Im ready and armed :D


You asked for it! :lol:

Challenge #15

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Answers to Challenge #14

#1 – White-backed vulture

#2 - Red bishop female – plain face, streaked (buffy, not creamy) breast

#3 - Kittlitz’s plover, chick… proof: :twisted:

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BTW, the plover has TWO chicks...

#4 - Common Tern, non-breeding, black wing patch (carpal bar), black beak, dark terminal wing feathers, dull-red legs

#5 - Cape canary

#6 - Mosque swallow

#7 – Red-throated wryneck – once you know, this one stands out like a stop sign! :lol: @ Imax

#8 – Coqui francolin

#9 – Green woodhoopoe, juv - black bill, straighter than that of common Scimitarbill's

#10 – Grey heron

12 "official" contestants!... "Newby" wondercloak was top of class! :thumbs_up:

So, how about some discussion so we can learn from each other's successes... What did YOU learn?

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #16

Hope the wait was worth it :twisted:

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Please note the challenge has more than 10 birds calling for an ID :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Solution to Challenge #15

#1 - Ostrich chicks

#2 - Zitting cisticola

#3 - African marsh harrier, juv, flight

#4 - Whiskered tern, in flight, breeding plumage... white vent.

#5 - Black heron in flight

#6 - Lesser swamp warbler - this is an atypical example... throat too white to be African reed-warbler in spite of lack of eyebrow. Dark legs and lack of primary feather wing projection are other clues to ID. Roberts’ MM Albert Froneman pic shows a similar bird. This was a very tough challenge! But some peeps got it right!

#7 - Spike-heeled lark

#8 - Little swifts in flight

#9 – African pipit (young bird… check the gape!)

#10 – Amur falcon, male

Regarding challenge #16, bird #9 cannot be ID'd without extra info: it was seen in Standerton (southern Mpumalanga). I promise not to penalise peeps that made half an ID because they realised a full ID was impossible! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #17



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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Yolandé Oelsen wrote:
Hey, :doh: did I miss the previous challenge's answers?? JvR :yaya:


Well, Yolandé Oelsen, if you missed it, we all did! :lol:

Solution to challenge #16

#1 - Green-winged pytilia

#2 – Brown snake-eagle

#3 - Common greenshank - in flight shows white rump and back. Slightly up-curved bill shape is crucial for ID.

#4 - Black-throated canary – lots of peeps had problems with this ID. The bill shape must tell you it is a canary! The length of tail precludes bishops and weavers. From there it is a cakewalk.

#5 - Grey heron

#6 - Spur-winged goose, SA shellduck pair

#7 - White-browed sparrow-weaver

#8 - Pied starling

#9 - Eastern long-billed lark – probably the most difficult challenge bird so far. I did give a hint as to distribution to help. The body shape tells you it is a lark. Then the bill shape and the buffy underparts should lead you to the final call.

#10 - Greater striped swallow – the number of peeps that battled with this one surprised me... full red cap, no black masking… there is even a hint on the throat of the fine streaking seen more extensively on the underparts. You need to sharpen up on your Hirundinidae :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #18

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13, lucky for some...

If you haven'y submitted your answers to #17... there is not much time remaining :rtm:
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Solutions to Challenge #17

I knew #2 was sneaky because this is not normally how and where, but 5 and 7 surprisingly tripped up a whole bunch of peeps.

#1 - Blacksmith lapwing, imm

#2 - Rufous-naped lark – normally seen in the top of a tree, crest erect singing its sad song – “seep-seeoo”… this example was atypical and even the stance had some peeps fooled into various pipit IDs. In spite of the stance the body-shape is too dumpy for pipit and the bill much too robust, tail too short. To get to RN once we all agree it’s a lark, the rufous wing edges and terminal wing panel, faintly streaked necklace, heavy bill, buffy eyebrow all combined…

#3 - Curlew sandpiper in flight – decurved bill, white rump and back

#4 - Livingstone’s turaco – few stumbling here, ID is not too difficult

#5 - Southern banded snake-eagle – only a very few correct IDs here… and that surprised me! Why not one of the many choices (the features referred to are those of the SBSE):
• Pale Chanting Goshawk – head, chest grey-brown, cere and legs yellow, heavily streaked underparts, tail and wing patterns do not fit at all; typical bright yellow SE-eye
• Steppe Buzzard – bill too robust, tail and wing patterns do not fit at all; typical bright yellow SE-eye
• Gabar Goshawk, juv – tarsus and feet too robust; tail and wing patterns do not fit at all
• Ovambo sparrowhawk – to my mind there is no confusion here… again, tarsus and feet too robust; tail and wing patterns do not fit at all.
• Dark Chanting Goshawk – legs at no development stage would fit the SBSE pale yellow; tarsus and feet too robust; tail and wing patterns do not fit at all.
• Western banded SE (a close call... earned someone 1/2 point) – close scrutiny of tail feathers shows sub-terminal plus two bars

#6 - Pink-backed pelican

#7 - Wood sandpiper - Legs yellow, pale supercilium extends behind eye

#8 - Namaqua sandgrouse

#9 - Pearl-spotted owlet

#10 - Corn crake

:hmz: A good excercise would be to get the difference between larks and pipits under the belt! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #19

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Sollutions to #18

Sorry that it gets posted this late...

#1a – White-winged tern: the white-backed duck with it supplies a clue to size… but if you thought the duck is a little grebe then of course you are a little snookered. The “ear muffs” is a typical feature of non-breeding WW terns (5)

#1b – White-backed duck: the white spot at base of bill is the most prominent feature – bill size and shape separates it from the little grebe (6)

#2 – Village indigobird, transitional plumage: Red legs, pink bill(5)

#3 – SA cliff swallow, juv, this bird turned out the toughest to ID: First you must learn the differences between swallows and martins as opposed to swifts. For one, swifts are rarely seen on the ground. This is the only swallow ever showing light / white all the way around its bill. It is also the swallow with least amount of glossy blue feathers on its upper parts. (3)

#4 – Blue korhaan, male: don’t go on bill colour alone as contrary to the pix in the guides, the blue korhaan often has a pink base to its bill. Back neck blue, not tawny. (10)

#5 – Southern red bishop, transitional plumage (8)

#6 – Purple heron, flight (10)

#7 – Fiscal flycatcher, juv - I thought this one would be a lot harder, and everybody got it right! (11)

#8 – Steppe buzzard: the naked legs distinguish it from the eagles. The chest pattern is typical Steppe. Loves telephone poles. (6)

#9 – Black-chested prinia, breeding: the bold eye brow distinguishes it from tawny-flanked. (3) See the pic below, taken from a different angle (proof) :twisted:

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#10 – Great sparrow (8)

Bonus – Little egret (10) and glossy ibis (9)

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Challenge #20

A wake-up call for those regulars that have not posted answers for challenge #19 as yet! Participants have dwindled drastically the past week!

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