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Louis, I sent mine in this morning and I think I am about to get a lesson in humility :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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MM good luck.

Waitnig for my last entered score.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Second retry and got them all even the damn gull that was giving me sleepless nights.

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I have to send in my answers tonight :slap: time is just ticking past...

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Will wait for your answers Heksie, so take your time and enjoy! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Managed a 12/16, not nearly as bad as feared 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Well done everyone :clap:
I got 14/16 stupid stupid mistakes but we learn from them :wink:
Wonderful challenge :dance:
Thanks for waiting for me PL :thumbs_up: We will mis you here!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Challenge #3 August 2012

Good evening Ducklings sorry for the delay. The past weeks scores includes one mite scoring 10/16, one scoring 11/16, two scoring 12/16, three scoring 13/16, one scoring 14/16, one scoring 15/16 and one scoring 16/16.

Herewith the answers and explanations:

1. Large-billed Lark: Rather heavily built bird with a thick bill and diagnostic yellow base to the bill.
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2. Cape Canary: The grey hind crown and nape combined with the mustard yellow face and chin and lack of bold facial colours are distinctive.
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3. Common Starling: Glossy black plumage with white flecking and yellow bill.
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4. Cape Spurfowl: Large size with all dark plumage and no bare facial skin. Legs and feet dull reddish-orange.
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5. Amethyst Sunbird: Female, range combined with dull white eyebrow and dark markings on the chest and upper-belly.
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6. Karoo Prinia: Obvious long and cocked tail with bold streaking on the underparts combined with range.
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7. Cape Weaver: Only two possibilities for the region, combined with the large bill.
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8. Knysna Turaco: Only Turaco in the region, other than that the short crest is diagnostic.
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9. Southern Boubou: Black above with white wing-bar, white bellow with buff flanks and belly. The most obvious would be the range.
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10. Greater Double-collared Sunbird: Large long and less decurved bill along with a broader red band on the chest.
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11. Olive Thrush: Only Thrush in the region, but the orange flanks combined with the conspicuous markings on the throat is diagnostic.
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12. Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler: Small dumpy bird resembling a White-eye in size and shape. Mostly yellow underparts combined with a rusty brown crown and stripe through the eye.
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13. Cape Bulbul: I reckon everyone can identify a Bulbul and with the conspicuous white eye-ring it is unmistakeable.
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14. Kelp Gull: Perhaps one of the more difficult species but the thick-set appearance and rather large yellow bill should have been enough to identify.
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15. Cape Bunting: The obvious black and white streaking on the head combined with the grey back and red wings are diagnostic.
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16. Cape Rock-Thrush: Male, the overall rufous and blue-grey plumage should point towards a male of the Rock-Thrush species. The rufous upper breast combined with the brown back is diagnostic.
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Unfortunately due to my new job I won't be able to continue but it was a great pleasure taking you all under my wing. Hopefully you all learned a little something which will help aid you in the veld while out birding this new season.

I also want to urge you to continue participating on the ducklings thread but also to show your support on the other Bird ID Challenge.

Thank you all once again!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi PL
Thanks :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thank you PL :clap: :clap: :clap:

All the best in your new job :thumbs_up:

I have learned so much from your challenges :dance: :dance: :dance:

Will always remember you when I see a bird and recognise it :D :thumbs_up:

all the little tips to look out for really helps

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks for all the help in educating us to ID birds :thumbs_up: . All the best with the new career and hope you will still form part of the forums in future :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Panthero Leo, I wish you a wonderful furure with your new job. :D I hope that it brings you lots and lots of happiness.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Darn, I am no good at deadlines and missed this too! :twisted: :twisted:

My list is waiting to be entered, but nevermind, would have only got 14 anyhow!

Thanks for doing this PL and good luck with the new job. Just hope it doesn't stop you from birding altogether. Maybe you can be convinced to do a "fill-in" challenge once in a while.

Can't believe how much I have learned from everybody involved in these challenges in that I can now look at a bird and mostly ID the family (except for the Lark, Pipits and Cisticolas) and can then narrow it down to the possibles, so THANK YOU for making my birding experience so much more enjoyable. :k :k :gflower: :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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PL i think a standing ovation :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: would have been in order for all you kind words and support on this unique experience that all of us have learned something.
When i started way back my bird knowledge was poor, new the difference basicallyy between a pigeon, sparrow and" tarentaal"l.

PL good luck and please dont disappearear you hear.

How are we going to get n new quiz master that will understand our unique situation.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings,

I'm bowing out of running the Ducklings challenge for a short while :( .... a few weeks or so... but I will be back... so watch this space for more Ducklings challenges later in the year :D

(Reason: time limits as well as photographic resources limits, although I have had a few offers of photographs to use, which I might well take up later on..)

If anyone else want to run a few Ducklings challenges.... please go ahead :gflower:


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