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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:38 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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hilda wrote:
Since Gatita has put up the new challenge, only 14 of the above 'mites can participate. BUT barryels, myself and Johan van Rensburg can participate in challenge #2/2015. That means for anyone to win the next bird guide, Sasol's Southern African LBJs made simple by Doug Newman and Gordon King, which also includes a CD of bird calls, there must be a minimum of 17 participants in a challenge. :D


It seems that you do not have to give the book away, Hilda - up to now there were 6 participants :(

but there is still time until Friday :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Let's hope the 'mites send their answers in during this week Gatita! :thumbs_up:

Challenge #3/2015 will be posted by TrevorC on Friday, 6 February 2015, and he will post the answers on 20 February 2015.

Unfortunately Barry and I will not be able to participate, because we leave for Augrabies and KTP on Thursday, 5 February, and should be back home on 18 February 2015. Sorry TrevorC! :thumbs_up:

Please birders, send in your answers for #2/2015 to Gatita on or before Friday, 6 February 2015 when she will post the answers on the Forum! Please also support TrevorC by participating in challenge #3/2015! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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#2 2015 - 7/10 :dance: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Gryskopvisvanger! Thanks for participating! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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My life has got hectic again, so I quickly did the challenge in about 15 minutes, left out three birds because I hadn't a clue what they were, and sent in a rather poor effort.

In spite of all that, I managed 4/10 plus got the bonus bird right!! Not bad considering I really guessed at answers.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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What a great effort Hippotragus! Thank you! Not a bad score either! :clap: :clap:

Chat again to you all on or after 18 February 2015! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Good to see the regulars are participating :dance: :dance: :dance:

Hippotragus, good score in 15 mins :clap: I only managed 6 after about 2 hours :wall:

Hilda, :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Hope you get some great photos for the challenge :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Bird ID Challenge # 3 - 2015

Hi everyone

Well I hope that you have all had a great start to 2015 :thumbs_up: Going to kick off my first challenge for the year with a mixed bag of mostly easy but a few tricky ones :whistle:

Because Hilda & Barryels cannot take part, I have saved all my "special" LBJ's for the next time :tongue: :tongue: :lol: :lol:

A few bonus birds scattered around these photos so please note – there are 10 photos but 15 birds to ID so look carefully :hmz:

Enjoy :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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here are the answers to challenge 02/2015

there were 14 participants

one 3/10
two 4/10 plus bb
two 5/10 plus bb
five 6/10 plus bb
one 7/10
one 7/10 plus bb
one 8/10 plus bb
one 9/10 plus bb

thank you all for participating :gflower:

1. common redshank (14/14)

orange-red base to upper and lower mandible and bright orange-red legs distinctive
bill length not much longer than length of head

spotted redshank is larger and paler with a longer bill, only the base of the lower mandible is red.

ruff lacks the white back and finely barred white tail. At rest, common redshank appears plain brownish grey above, whereas a ruff is scaled and mottled


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2. arctic tern, breeding (5/14)

similar to common tern but has paler outer primaries, rump and tail white (not pale grey) and shorter legs. Breeding adult has dark red bill and legs (common tern has black-tipped red bill)

difficult to tell from antarctic tern (has heavier bill) but antarctic, white-cheeked (has a uniformly grey back, rump and tail), lesser crested (has orange-yellow bill and grey rump) and whiskered terns (has grey rump and tail) are not found in Northern Germany.


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3. eurasian curlew (4/14)

in flight shows a conspicious white rump and back
inner upperwing markedly paler than outer wings
has a very long bill, curvature primarily towards the tip

it is paler than common whimbrel, with a plain (not striped) head
common whimbrel has a more uniform upperwing and shows a clear supercilium and more prominent eye-stripe. It has a shorter bill, curved along its full length

bar-tailed godwit has a supercilium and the bill is slightly upturned

grey plover is much smaller and has a white wingbar

wood sandpiper has a grey-brown back

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4. sand martin (8/14)

a small, slender martin with mainly white underparts and a brown breast band
shallow-forked tail

barn swallow has reddish frons and throat

alpine swift (scythe-shaped wing) and rock martin (does not have a breast band) are not found in Northern Germany

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5. common black-headed gull, non-breeding (4/14)

non-br. adults have dark smudges on head and paler red bill with dark tip. It has mostly white outer primaries as has slender-billed gull which has a white head and pale yellow eyes though and it does not occur in Northern Germany

grey-headed gull does not have a mostly white forewing and dark tipped bill, has pale eyes

common tern has no white in forewing

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6. eurasian oystercatcher (11/14)

slightly smaller and more slender than african oystercatcher with white belly and bold white wingbars, back and rump visible in flight

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7. little tern, breeding (9/14)

a tiny tern
Br. ad. has a white frons, orange-yellow legs and yellow bill with a small black tip

arctic tern has red bill and legs

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8.common ringed plover, breeding (12/14)

a small, short-legged, brown-backed plover with a complete white collar above a blackish-brown breast band
Br. ad. has a black forehead with a narrow white band across the frons, black face and white patch above and behind the eyes; bill orange with black tip

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9. dunlin, breeding (10/14)

in breeding and transitional plumages, dunlin has a black patch on the belly and chestnut feathering on the back

neither red nor great knot has a black belly

pacific golden plover and grey plover have the black extending from belly to head

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10. common house martin (5/14)


a rather plump, swallow-like martin with pure white underparts, a diagnostic white rump and shallowly forked tail

curlew sandpiper,wilson’s storm petrel and european storm petrel do not have a forked tail

leach’s storm petrel has a narrow white rump

white-rumped swift (has a deeply forked tail and diagnostic narrow white „U“ on the rump) as
horus swift and black-winged pratincole are not found in Northern Germany


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bonus bird – common shelduck, breeding male (12/14)

both sexes have red bills (brighter in male, with fleshy knob at base when br.) and glossy, dark green heads and upper necks, contrasting with white lower necks and upper breasts. Mantle and broad breast band are chestnut, underparts mostly white, with black band running from middle of breast band to belly.In flight, white coverts contrast strongly with dark flight feathers.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks for the answers Gatita :thumbs_up: A very interesting challenge :clap:

Good to see so many participants :clap:

Looks like there'll be a lot of :think: for TrevorC 's challenge :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks for that Trevor, enjoyed that one, made some silly blunders...he he..

But I am happy with 7 / 15..

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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:clap: TheRealShamwari. Good score.

Have yet to look at it in detail. Busy weekend with grandies :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done to all the participants so far - please keep them coming :pray: :D

So far Jaytea is on fire with a blistering 14/15 - awesome score :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I'm working on it, TrevorC. I am a bit stuck on some but will get something in on time - even if I leave some out or make wild guesses!

Thank you for posting the Challenge - the photos are lovely.

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