Challenge 38/2014 Answers
We had a good turn up for this challenge but still 3 short of that 15 mark.
This was one of my easier ones with the marks in general being very high. I am also pleased that an “old hand” at birding learned something new as well in # 10
#1 Yellow-streaked Greenbul – Most had this right
#2 Square Tailed Nightjar – I am very impressed with the mites, as you all had this right
#3 Cape Penduline Tit – Most had this right – Yellowish was on the belly, with the very sharp small bill, and a bit of scaling on the forehead
#4 A Submarine…..African Darter. There are three species likely to be swimming under water, the rest all bob on top. These are the Cormorants, Darter and Grebes. The white streaking on the back is unique to the Darter
#5 Maccoa Duck – young Female. As most pointed out to the white eye stripe. The other candidate is a Female Southern Pochard, but they have a hook on the bill
#6 African Sacred Ibis – Sneaky pic without the bill, but the black trailing wing edge, and the black feet sticking out behind the tail is unique.
#7 Dwarf Bittern – all had this correct.
#8 Black Cuckooshrike fem – all had this correct
#9 – Bronze Mannikin – look out for the metallic patches on the wings to confirm the ID
#10 Emerald Spotted Wood-dove – The bill is not quite in focus, thus not a 100 feature to use. I am very happy that even great birders still learn from these challenges as can be seen out of this superb id description from Johan:
The mottled lighting really confused some of the ID features, and the way that the bird is sitting… REGTIG!! Jy moet begin dink aan ‘n ander stokperdjie! Eventually decided on emerald-spotted wood dove: I could not make a call on bill colour (the most dependable ID feature) because of the focus being on the rump and the lighting at the bill making a call iffy, definitely not on the colour of the wing spots, and the facial mask and throat colour are so similar for the two species that it is useless as an ID feature. So I studied the focus of the image – the rump pattern. According to what I now believe (I again learned something!), the ESWD’s upper tail coverts are crossed by two dark bands, a feature that is not seen in BSWDs. Together with the two dark bands across the lower back, this make four dark bands in total, whereas the BSWD only shows the lower back bands and sometimes a single terminal band for the tail coverts