Good Morning All,
There were 20 entrants with an average 69%. Well done to Johan van Rensburg and Wildtuinman for their 9/10 which was the highest mark.
1. Senegal Lapwing. (19/20). The white shield on the face does not extend to the eye as well as black legs discounts the Black-Winged Plover.
2. Booted Eagle Pale Morph. (7/20). The answers ranged from Cape Vultures to juv Martial Eagles. While the majority of the answers given had this under wing plumage, they all have a pale head whereas this is dark. Furthermore, this has a light tail with dark tips to the end of the tail while the rest of options have either a white or black tail.
3. Chat Flycatchers. (8/20). I got all the Chats as answer here. The uniform brown colour on the tail discounts everything (Chats, Robin-Chats and Wheatears) except the flycatchers. The three possibilities left are Chat, Marico and Pale Flycatchers. Marico Flycatcher is discounted as it has a pure white chest and Pale Flycatcher is discounted as it has a shorter tail and legs.
4. Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater. (20/20). The bill and colouration point to a Bee-Eater and the tail shape gives the answer.
5. Long-Tailed Widowbird. (13/20). The two options are Fan-Tailed (Red-Shouldered) and Long-Tailed Widowbirds. In this picture, the white patch below the red is just visible which is diagnostic. The Long-Tailed Widowbird also has longer wings relative it its size and is the larger and more robust of the two. The Long-tailed also looks like it has a small head which is not the case on the Fan-Tailed.
6. Pearl-Spotted Owlet. (20/20). The spotted back as well as the streaks on the chest means it can only be a Pearly.
7. Cape Siskin (16/20). I am really happy with the results on this bird. The white tips to the wings give us the Siskin family. The white band at the end of the tail means it is a Cape. Just for interest’s sake, the Drakensberg Siskin has a white panel down the edge of the tail.
8. Red-Crested Korhaan (9/20). There were two incorrect answers given here. The Black Korhaans and the Black-Bellied Bustard. As there is not a lot of black on the head, the male Black Korhaans are discounted and there is too much black on the body for female Black Korhaans. The grey on the crown discounts Black-bellied Bustards which leaves only the Red-Crested Korhaan. This Red-Crested Korhaan was displaying to a female nearby which accounts for the puffed-out black chest. Here is another picture of the bird still displaying from the side.
9. Juv. Blackwinged Stilt (20/20) and Pectoral Sandpiper (6/20). There were no problems with the Stilt. The Pectoral Sandpiper, the toughest bird of the challenge, is best told by its buffy streaked chest which is ended in a sharp line and contrasts with the pure white underside. The most common mistake was Wood Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. The wood Sandpiper has a buffy chest, but it isn't streaked like this one. The Common Sandpiper’s chest does not end in a straight line. Also note its dark cap and the size relative to the Stilt.
I hope everyone enjoyed the challenge.