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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks Tosha
What did you think was the juvenile vulture? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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I would say juv vulture is no.6 but thought it was a hooded vulture by eliminating other alternatives. It has a longer straighter beak than other vultures :? :wall:

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I didn't look at the shape of the beak :slap: I looked at the colour that was a bit blue like the lappet faced and white headed vulture... But I was wrong :( I will definitely remember that in the future when looking at vultures :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Haha - I'm no expert and don't know yet if I am right.

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Heehee! I am waiting for my score! :lol: :lol:

Are you sure that # 6 IS a juv vulture - I decided that it wasn't so that is what is going to be so funny when I get my answers. :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Rookie :yaya:
Yes unfortunately it is a juvenile vulture, was confirmed by Dabchick. I was said to look at the slender bill as a hint with the ID'ing. The same as Tosha said. So it can be the hooded vulture.
But I would like to know what made you think that it is something else? :hmz: an Osprey or juvenile fisheagle? Would think the feather arrangement could show that? Very interesting what different things we look at when ID'ing birds...

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Well, this was a head scratcher of note, but again, it was a great learning experience.

I sent in 2 juveniles, only one a vulture. I thought of 2 possibilities for number 6, certainly a teaser. I will be :wall: :wall: :wall: if I settled on the wrong one. Maybe they were both wrong. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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oops I thought 6 was a Maribou stork! :roll:

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7/8 for me

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Yeah, 8/8 :dance:

Although lots of luck as I was only fairly sure on half of them :roll:

Again thanks to the mentors for putting time in this :clap:


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7/8 for me - no 2 got me :wall:
Well done louis and Great Dane :clap: :clap:

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Well done tosha, Great Dane, louis dreyer :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Hi 5 Jaybabe! I also went for a Marabou Stork purely because it was so darned ugly!

I got 7/8, so that was my downfall, but very happy otherwise. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Dabchick wrote:
Answers to Challenge #2/August 2012

Well done ducklings!

11 participants
3 score 8/8
6 scored 7/8, and
2 scored 6/8


The first two pics taken in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the third in Augrabies NP, and the rest in the KNP...

1. Southern pale chanting goshawk. Very similar to Dark chanting goshawk, but distribution mentioned (KTP), eliminates the DCG
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2.Marico flycatcher. A couple of 'mites thought chat flycatcher or familiar chat, but light-coloured, whitish underparts (visible here is the chin and throat area) is diagnostic and distinguishes it from other flycatchers as well as the familiar chat.
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3. African red-eyed bulbul - no problems here. The red ring around the eye is diagnostic.
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4. Black-headed oriole. No problems.
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5. African hoopoo. Again no problems - there are no other bird in the region that looks like this.
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6. Hooded vulture. Juvenile / sub-adult. The bare, pinkish face and downward curving bill makes it a vulture. The relative slender bill is diagnostic for hooded vulture. Compare the bill size with the next pic of a lappet face vulture - which has a very strong, massive bill.
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7. (Cold - it was about 6 degrees outside :lol: ) Lappet faced vulture. Bare, pink face along with massive bill are diagnostic. Size also counts when you see it in real life. The lappet face is probably about twice the height of a hooded vulture (when you see them sitting around a kill). Some 'mites misidentified either 6 or 7 as a juvenile white-headed vulture. However, a white-headed vulture will have a orange-red bill with blue cere - the only vulture in the region with that colour combination.
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8. European bee-eater. Few problems here. One 'mite though it could possibly be a swallow-tailed bee-eater, but the locality given above (KNP), eliminates that possibility.
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Dabchick, this was a great learning :thumbs_up:

I have gone to have a look at my hooded vulture in "Best Birding in Kruger". I see that they are relatively rare compared to some species.

In my book, published in 2005, I think, it says there are about 65 in Kruger. They are thought to follow Wilddog and Hyena, so that they can get onto a kill as soon as possible. Compared to other vultures it is rather small... and bullied.

It certainly got everyone buzzing. Now why didn't I go to "Best Birding" sooner?

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