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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Dabchick! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: Congratulations!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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11/12 for me too! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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This is the results of challenge #17 of 2012. This challenge was the “easiest" ever and returned an average score of 86.4%

The results are as follows:
We had 17 ‘mites participating.
One ‘mite scored 5
four scored 7
eight scored 8
four got all IDs correct.

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#1 – Brubru [17] . No problems here.

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#2 – Dark-capped bulbul [15] . Only two ‘mites got snookered by the pollen face mask…

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#3 – Common house martin [4] . By far the toughest challenge bird – thanks to Johann du Preez for permission to use it. The wing structure is wrong for a swift, leaving martins and swallows to choose from. The all-dark underwing rules out the swallows, except for grey-rumped. The fork in the tail is much too shallow for GR swallow and with a shot from below its black feet will show up well. That really leaves sand martin and common house martin as the only two martins with a V-notch in the tail. Again, the sand martin’s black feet will show better, and the band across the throat widens into the shoulder, not so for our bird. It is a young common house martin, at this age it shows more brown than blue on top. At all ages the house martin's feet are covered in white feathers.

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#4 – Karoo Scrub-robin [16] . No trouble here…

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#5 – White-crowned Lapwing [16] . Same here

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#6 – Racket-Tailed Roller [17] . Everyone got this and the next bird right

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#7 – Three-Banded Courser [17] .

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#8 – Blacksmith lapwing chick. [11] got the fluffy right. Roan remarked: The background where the photograph was taken seems to be a lawn. This is a crucial clue… davejenny recons Roberts’ description helped him onto the right ID, but says: “Beat About The Bush – Birds” , has a photograph of Blacksmith Lapwing chicks on page 237 which clinched it for me.

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#9 – Black-headed Oriole [17] fooled no-one…

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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thank you very much Johan :gflower: :gflower:

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Thanks Johan, we just knew it was that cute little fluffy ball of a chick that we got wrong. All three of us thought it was something different, but not one of us thought of Blacksmith lapwing chick.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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#18 = 12/12 :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :lol: :lol: :D :D


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Same for me Gryskopvisvanger! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Congrats both of you Jakkie Human and Gryskopvisvanger ......... :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Wow, what high scores everyone is getting! Well done. :dance: :dance: Hilda, after doubting your ability you did as well as the last challenge. :clap: :clap: I hope that I do the same.


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Well done Gryskopvisvanger and Jakkie Human! :thumbs_up:

Thanks Mutorashanga, I was kind of shocked, didn't expect it. Now I'll have to wait to see where I went wrong. :hmz:

I'll hold thumbs that you are also going to score 100%!

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At last a 100% for me !!!!


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:clap: :clap: :clap: to Ladybirder :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Well done Ladybirder! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Well done everybody, especially Ladybirder, my good friend! :gflower:


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welcome to the forum Jakkie Human :D
did you try the chalenge :whistle:

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