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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga30 » Sat May 23, 2015 12:37 pm

Baby Inyanga30 and I are on it Hilda.... :)

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Sat May 23, 2015 3:51 pm

I am waiting in anticipation for the answers from the two of you inyanga30! :lol:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Sun May 24, 2015 8:28 am

5/8 for #16. You are certainly challenging the grey cells! :wall:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Mon May 25, 2015 8:19 am

umtali1 wrote:5/8 for #16. You are certainly challenging the grey cells! :wall:

no collusion but the same score for me.... :|
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon May 25, 2015 8:26 am

Dear Ducklings,

So sorry if you once again thought I was rude to post difficult challenges, but believe me, it was never meant to be difficult. :gflower:

We had 6 participants, with the following scores:

1 'mite had 6/8
3 'mites had 5/8
2 'mites had 3/8

I sincerely hope you will find Barry's challenges easier! :thumbs_up:

(All ID descriptions from Roberts'Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa.)

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No. 1 = European Honey Buzzard

Sexes Similar. Most likely to be confused with Common Buzzard, but pigeon like appearance with small round yellowish eyes and longer tail distinctive. In flight the key features are the broad terminal tail bar and dark carpel patches; the two dark bars at base of the tail sometimes difficult to see.
M. Head greyer and eyes orange-yellow.
F. Browner (less grey) than the ♂ and with yellowish eyes.
Juv. Variable; lacks distinct tail band; eyes brown.
Status Uncommon non-br Eurasian migrant; present Nov-Apr to May.
Habitat, Mostly well-developed woodland.
Food In s Africa, predominantly wasps, bees and their broods.
Call Generally silent in s Africa.
Confusing species: May be confused with many other medium-sized raptors because of plumage variability. Underwing of Common Buzzard paler, with more, but finer barring. Most Common Buzzards have pale breast band. Juv African Harrier-Hawk confusingly similar in shape (thin head, broad wings, long tail), but has broader wings and lacks large carpal patches. African Harrier-Hawk in flight also shows distinctive 'notch' where trailing edge of wing meets body. Dark phase Booted Eagle has more uniformly dark underwings and diagnostic whitish 'landing lights' at bases of forewings. Ayres's Hawk- Eagle has a shorter, more banded tail, and juv has paler, less marked underwing coverts and lacks carpal patch. Black Kite more uniformly dark brown and has longer, narrower wings and more obviously notched tail. African Marsh Harrier more slender and uniformly barred on underwing; also lacks pale bases to primaries and large carpal patches. Juv Black Harrier can be similar in colour, but is more slender. Pale morph Wahlberg's Eagle lacks dark carpal patches. African Cuckoo-Hawk smaller, shorter tailed.

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No. 2 = Red-faced Cisticola

Sexes Alike, ♂ > ♀.
Br. The only cisticola in the region with uniform unmarked upperparts that are olive-grey from crown to tail. Sides to face pale rufous, flanks buff to light grey, and chin, breast and belly cream-white.
Non-br. Crown and nape browner and more olive on upper-parts. Singing Cisticola darker grey on back and chest.
Juv. Browner than adult.
Status Locally common resident, sedentary and usually found in pairs.
Habitat Rank growth along edges of streams, and on hillsides.
Food Insectivorous.
Call A distinctive loud ringing song ending in crescendo weet-weet-weet-WEET-WEET-WEET-WEET…
Br. Monogamous. Ball nest sewn with cobwebs into broad leaves of shrub or small tree. Parasitized by Klaas's Cuckoo and Cuckoo Finch.
Confusing species: Similarly sized Singing Cisticola has rufous (not olive-grey) crown, contrasting rufous patch in wing, and distinct whitish supercilium (not plain face). Non-br Red-winged Warbler has rufous (not olive-grey) wings and longer, more rufous tail.

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No. 3 = Senegal Coucal

Sexes Alike, ♀ > ♂. The key distinguishing feature is the unbarred brown rump, sometimes difficult to see in field. Distribution overlaps only slightly with larger Burchell's Coucal.
Juv. Streaked white above; bill initially pale horn coloured.
Status Uncommon in most areas. Resident, with some local movement.
Habitat Mainly wooded habitats adjacent to, and along, watercourses, also in sugar cane fields. Food Wide range of insect and animal prey.
Call Bubbling liquid notes, sometimes in duet.
Br. Monogamous. Untidy ball nest usually within 2 m of ground.
Confusing species: Slightly larger Burchell's Coucal has buff-barred (not plain blackish) rump. White-browed Coucal has heavily white-streaked head and prominent supercilium. Much larger Coppery-tailed Coucal has black (not chestnut) mantle.

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No. 4 = Common Cuckoo

Sexes Very similar.
M. Difficult to separate from African Cuckoo in field. Has black bill with greenish/yellow base (African Cuckoo has more yellow in bill). Tail appears barred below.
F. Both grey and rufous (hepatic) morphs found. Juv. Grey, rufous or intermediate forms occur, all with a white spot on the nape.
Status Uncommon non-br migrant, present Oct-Apr.
Habitat Various woodland types, avoids forests.
Food Mainly caterpillars.
Call Silent in s Africa.
Confusing species: African Cuckoo has more yellow in bill, and less pronounced barring on undertail. Female rufous form distinctive. Moult aids identification. In Oct-Nov, Common Cuckoo in worn plumage, African Cuckoo fresh. Situation reversed Mar-Apr. Juv differs from juv African Cuckoo in having brown or tan bars in plumage.


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No. 5 = Brown Snake Eagle

Sexes Alike. The largest snake-eagle. The dark brown plumage, large yellow owl-like eyes, upright posture and round head very distinctive. Legs scaled and featherless, cere light grey. In flight, all-brown except for pale or silvery-grey flight feathers (diagnostic); tail with 3 narrow white (sometimes indistinct) bars.
Juv. Similar to ad; overall darkish brown, but highly variable some flecked white above, others mottled white below; tail barred.
Status Locally common resident, nomadic in some areas in non-br season.
Habitat Most dry woodland habitats.
Food Mainly snakes (inc large poisonous species), also monitor lizards, lizards and chameleons.
Call A hoarse kok-kok-kok-kaw …, usually given in flight.
Br. Monogamous. Stick nest usually placed on top of flat-topped tree such as an Acacia.

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No. 6 = Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Sexes Alike. Yellow restricted to belly, not on breast as in Cape Penduline Tit. Bill longer and forecrown plain greyish (not black and white). Juv. As ad; belly duller yellow.
Status Fairly common resident, mostly sedentary and usually found in pairs or small groups up to 8.
Habitat Arid and semi-arid shrublands and woodlands.
Food Mainly insects, also fruit, seeds and aloe nectar.
Call Short quick phrases, chicku-chicku-chee, and similar notes.
Br. Monogamous. Nest a neat thin-walled cup placed about 1-1.5 m above ground. Parasitized by Klaas's Cuckoo.

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No. 7 = Greater Flamingo

Sexes Alike, ♂ > ♀. Larger and whiter than Lesser Flamingo, with pale pinkish or mauve coloured, black tipped bill. In flight shows conspicuous crimson red and black wings. Non-br birds have whiter plumage.
Juv. Dark grey-brown with grey bill.
Status Locally common resident, regarded as Near-threatened. Highly nomadic and partially migratory, usually in large flocks.
Habitat Favours saline or brackish shallow water bodies such as saltpans, large dams and coastal mudflats.
Food Aquatic invertebrates such as brine shrimps and brine fly (larvae), also algae.
Call Goose-like double honk-honk given in flight.
Br. Monogamous and colonial. Nest a cone of mud.

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No. 8 = Purple Indigobird

M (br) Combination of white bill, whitish legs (pale pink or mauve from close), and mimicry of Jameson's Firefinch song, diagnostic. Plumage purplish or bluish-purple.
F & M (non-br) Streaked brown above, paler below.
Juv. Less streaked above than ♀.
Status Locally fairly common. Resident, sedentary or locally nomadic.
Habitat Dry woodland with tall grasses.
Food Mainly grass seeds, also termite alates.
Call Scratchy song includes mimicry of host species.
Br. Polygynous. Parasitizes Jameson's Firefinch.
Confusing species: Purplish or bluish-purple plumage and mimicry of Jameson's Firefinch calls, especially purr alarm call and prolonged whistled feeee, distinctive in br male. Pale bill and feet diagnostic in S Africa, but further north male Dusky Indigobird also has pale bill and feet. Female and non-br male inseparable from Dusky Indigobird, but female Village Indigobird has reddish bill and feet. Female Zambezi Indigobird has orange feet and clear separation of grey breast from white belly.

Thank you all for participating! :gflower:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon May 25, 2015 10:18 am

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Here is challenge 17# of 2015 :thumbs_up: .

I really hope that we can reach 12 entries (actually 11 plus myself) this week to qualify for the draw to win an exceptional raptor guide :dance: .

Enjoy and looking forward to your entries :D .



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8#
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Birding school for ducklings 17/2015

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Mon May 25, 2015 1:49 pm

Barry
thanks for setting this test for us quackers :P

phew found it a little easier on the grey cells than some ...

as it's Whit Monday here in the UK, no work (other than domestics) today :dance: :dance:

On your challenge, some i could even name :P
some though required confirming in Roberts :redface: :whistle:
Well pleased for an amateur as i got 7/8 :P :P

but now envigorated to even try the bird id challenge

Thus envigorated I set umtali1 a time trial for answers..... :whistle: :whistle:

some other forumites should find this a challenge worth going for :popcorn: :popcorn:
there's possibly a brill bird book for one of the entries....
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Tue May 26, 2015 5:28 pm

Sitting at the airport, I thought I would get an early start with this one as my last results were rushed and ended up quite pathetic :redface:

Started quite confidently, until I got to #5 ... and #6 ... :wall:

The rest are ok, but those 2 ....

Will sleep on it and have a look in my LBJ book when back from my work trip.

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Tue May 26, 2015 5:50 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:Sitting at the airport, I thought I would get an early start with this one as my last results were rushed and ended up quite pathetic :redface:
Started quite confidently, until I got to #5 ... and #6 ... :wall:
The rest are ok, but those 2 ....
Will sleep on it and have a look in my LBJ book when back from my work trip.

K
re #16 ... not as easy as I had found either.
re 5 and 6 don't forget there are usually other pointer(s) in the pictures...
(not that I have necessarily got them right but..)
hope your trip goes well
r.
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Tue May 26, 2015 11:47 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: Full house :D for #16
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