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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:30 pm 
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Hi Ducklings 1422 has gone al quiet So lets try 1423
The first 4 birds taken in the Sossusvlei area in Namibia
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and the rest KTP
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9) On the Duneroad
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Enjoy the reading I think this one is easier that 1422

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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:thumbs_up: thank you Sky for the answers to 1421 and new challenge 1423.

Some more birdies to challenge the grey matter :whistle:

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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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You got in early with your answers Jaytea. Good score :clap:

Haven't even started ........

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to 1422

1) A Female Dusky sunbird - The only sunbird in this area M (br) Combination of glossy black throat and upperparts, and white belly distinctive. Pectoral tufts orange. M (non-br) Upperparts grey-brown, sometimes with a few blackish iridescent feathers (as well as on chin and throat). F. Upperparts grey-brown, chin to breast whitish grey, belly white.
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2) A Grey-hooded Gull Unlikely to be confused with any other gull in the region with prominent grey hood (bordered by thin black line). Bill, legs and feet bright red; eyes yellowish white with red orbital ring. Non-br. Grey head paler, some birds almost white. Bill duller red and eyes whitish
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3) A Tractrac Chat - Fortunately I could see it's tail The overall light colour, white rump, white tail with black tip and central tail feathers, are key distinguishing features.
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4) A Crowned Cormorant Has a longer crest (which is retained throughout the year) and shorter, less graduated tail than Reed Cormorant. Found almost entirely in marine habitats. Br. Plumage glossy black, facial skin pink-red and eyes ruby red. Non-br. Paler and browner, facial skin pink-brown.
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5) A JuvenileKelp Gull Juv. Overall blackish brown with buff fringes to upperparts. Bill black, eyes dark brown and legs and feet dark grey-brown.
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6) Ruddy Turnstones - No problems here A distinctive short-legged wader with dark plumage on upperparts and orange coloured legs.
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7) A Black-chested Prinia The broad black chest band diagnostic; only partly visible at change of seasons. Non-br. Lacks chest band. The yellowish belly, white throat and lack of a tawny wing panel, distinguishes it from Tawny-flanked Prinia
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8 ) Sometimes one should stick to one's original id :wall: :wall: A Hartlaub's Gull so everyone give yourself another point Slightly smaller than Grey-hooded Gull, has dark eyes (at all ages) and a shorter bill. The pale lavender-grey hood is not always evident and often only shows as a faint ring demarcating the lower edge. Non-br adults have white head and dull blackish red bill and legs. Occasionally hybridises with Grey-hooded Gull.
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9) A larklike Bunting - One off the problem birds One tends to forget that if it looks like a lark it could also be a Bunting I took this pic early morning at the Quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop These Buntings were singing al over the place A nondescript brownish bird with no bold diagnostic features. Has pale eyebrow and cinnamon wash to underparts
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10) A White-throated Canary . Diagnostic features are the white throat, grey-brown breast, heavy bill and bright yellow rump
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So after the answers maybe it wasn't so bad :D :D :D

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A Male Dusky Sunbird

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks for 1423 Sky.

Some of the birds are easily recognisable :clap: but there are a few which are causing steam to come out of this one brain cell :wall: :wall: :wall:

Thanks for the answers to 1422 :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Sky wrote:
Hi Ducklings 1422 has gone al quiet So lets try 1423
The first 4 birds taken in the Sossusvlei area in Namibia
1)...
5)
and the rest KTP
6)...
Enjoy the reading I think this one is easier that 1422

mmm
must have been easier :roll: as i got full marks for a change,
but there were a couple of curved balls. :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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good work inyanga 1!!!!

impressive!
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Only 3 ducklings still interested ?
This can't be true :doh: :doh: :hmz: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Full marks for me too :dance: :dance: :dance:

Oh no, Sky, that cannot be true :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

Where have all the Ducklings gone? :big_eyes:

Even if you're only vaguely into birds, come on and give it a go. They're not hard. You might even recognise the birds you refer to in your TRs........

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Even if you're only vaguely into birds, come on and give it a go. They're not hard. You might even recognise the birds you refer to in your TRs........


Am I allowed to join the birding school? :whistle:

But don't expect too much of me, I really am a duckling when it comes to birds :redface:

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JeanniR wrote:
umtali1 wrote:
Even if you're only vaguely into birds, come on and give it a go. They're not hard. You might even recognise the birds you refer to in your TRs........


Am I allowed to join the birding school? :whistle:

But don't expect too much of me, I really am a duckling when it comes to birds :redface:

Please do JeanniR. :gflower: :gflower:

We have all started with very little knowledge and had a great time discovering so much about our feathered friends.

It's participating, not the score, that's such fun. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Sky wrote:
Only 3 ducklings still interested ?
This can't be true :doh: :doh: :hmz: :hmz:


Am so sorry that I am not participating here, Sky but that does not mean that I am not interested. I am learning a lot by reading here :D and I appreciate the time and effort that you are putting into this. Thank you :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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I follow religiously, Sky!! Sorry I only participate very irregularly, but I'm here all the time and am learning lots. When I see LBJ's and seabirds, I go into a flat tailspin and hide in the corner. I'll try and be more adventurous in future! :tongue:

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