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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 1:08 pm 
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Challenge #1/May 2012

Hi 'mites!

Here's this week's challenge. Answers will be posted Friday 18 May 2012.

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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

2.
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07

3.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

4.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

5.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

6.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

7.
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07

8.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07

9. Two species to ID in this pic: (and the pumba's don't count! :lol: )
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07

Please PM me with your answers!


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 8:44 am 
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Hi Ducklings!

As promised, here are the answers...

4 ducklings participated.
3 scored 9/10
1 scored 7/10

Dabchick wrote:
Challenge #1/May 2012

1.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Red-breasted swallow [4]


2.
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07
Bokmakierie [4]


3.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Pearl-spotted owlet [4]


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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Crimson-breasted shrike [3]. One 'mite called this a "crimson-breasted boubou", and I marked it wrong. However, I wonder... maybe this bird was called a boubou at some stage in some guide? My birds books all call it a shrike, but the behaviour does seem more like that of a boubou so I can certainly imagine that it was called a boubou at some stage. Can someone help out here with more info?


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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Common fiscal, western race, female. [0] :twisted: No-one got this one right. Everyone though it was a brubru. I realize now that this was an unfair pic, and I apologize. There is not really enough information on this pic to distinguish it from the brubru. I know it was a common fiscal, because the male was sitting just a few branches away ... and the "GISS" (general impression, size and shape) is that of a fiscal and not a brubru. The brubru have more white on the wings, but with this girl puffed-up against the cold (it was about 6 degrees outside when the pic was taken), it is difficult to see...I'll try to find the pic with both of the male and the female and post it later.

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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Darter [4]


7.
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07
Coqui francolin [4]


8.
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By dabchick at 2012-05-07
Greenbacked heron [4]

9. Two species to ID in this pic: (and the pumba's don't count! :lol: )
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By Dabchick at 2012-05-07
1. hooded vulture [4] and 2. white-headed vulture [3 - although 1 only got it right after a second try]. The one (two) 'mite(s) who at first got it wrong thought it was a Lappetfaced vulture. However, this bird is not nearly large enough. The hooded vulture is a small vulture, and the lappetfaced would be even larger in comparison to the hooded vulture than the white-headed vulture. The brownish tufts on the head indicate it is a juvenile/sub-adult, and this hides the usual characteristic white head. However the bill and cere colour (pinkish-red and light blue respectively) are diagnostic for the white-headed vulture.



It seems at the moment there are little interest from real "ducklings" or true beginner birders. The 'mites who participate here really do belong in Johan's much more difficult "class". I'm also running a bit low on photographs with identifiable birds on them, so I will not be posting a challenge for the next few weeks. However, I'll try to source more photographs during my June KNP trip :dance: :dance: , and will try again then to see if there are an increased interest from the "ducklings" :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:57 am 
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It still looks like a bru to me

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Dabchick, the Crimson-breasted Shrike's old name is indeed Crimson-breasted Boubou. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks pantera leo! :thumbs_up:

Okay, Louis (and other doubters :twisted: )

Here's a pic of the male and female together:
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By dabchick at 2012-05-18


And a close-up of the male:
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By dabchick at 2012-05-18

No brown on the flanks of the male rules out the brubru.

The white eyebrow stripe marks these two as the western race of the Common fiscal.

But as I said, the pic of the female was a bit unfair - too difficult to distinguish from the brubru from what is visible on the pic.


Ps. The pics were taken in the KTP, on the river road between Tweerivieren and Mata-Mata, but very close to Tweerivieren, only a couple of km's after coming off the dune road.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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I would like to play too :pray: please.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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MM please join us the more the better.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Okay. It seems my plans to rest this week has been thwarted... :|

I'll post a new challenge later today or tomorrow morning :thumbs_up:


Now to find some more pics... :doh: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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pantera leo has graciously volunteered to run the next Ducklings challenge!

Thanks pl! :k


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hallo to all the fledglings out there, I will be posting this weeks challenge and then every alternate week after that.

I hope to incorporate a little something else by taking you all on a birding adventure to different parts of Southern Africa so every challenge will depict birds found in that particular area but not necessarily exclusive to it, so common birds found all over the region will still feature as with any normal birding safari.

This of course would mean that you will have to start using more than just photo's or sketches to identify the bird in question but also the maps and text provided by the birding field guides.

I will post the challenge tonight and the time permitted will be one week depending on participation and help required if any.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Please leave the LB'j out for the first 100 or so classes. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Challenge #2/May 2012

So we'll start off this journey in Gauteng and specifically in a reserve just south of Pretoria.

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Please send your answers to me directly via PM, on or before Monday 28 May 2012.

Have fun, and if you can and you're in the area see if you can locate some of these species!
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thank you Patera :D This is much appreciated :thumbs_up:

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