Good Evening Everyone.
Apologies for the late posting of the pics but we decided to try and find a Madagascar Cuckoo....not very successfully though! Anyway so I only got back from Kruger this morning @ 2! Been a hectic weekend!
Jee I am getting the feeling that my challenges are not that good. Only 8
mites taking part for #44.
the pass mark was 64.3%
. So it really looks like you were all struggling a bit. I knew Number 7 was really tough. Did you guys find it to difficult to do? Answers #44:1. [8/8]
Yellow Fronted Canary. No problems here.2.
[5/8] Long billed Crombec. I see one or two said it is a Red faced crombec. The bird would have shown a overall reddish wash to the throat and underbody if this was the case. This bird shows a whiteish throat and light orange underbody. 3. [3/8]
Fiscal Flycatcher. Ok this is where most of you struggled. Collared flycatcher seemed to be the popular choice. A male collard Flycatcher would be showing a white collar behind the head and a grey not white rump with a white frons infront of the eye. All 3 features not the case in this bird. Just a normal Fiscal flycatcher showing more white on the wing than usually because of the angle and timing of the photo! 4. [8/8]
Chorister Robin-Chat. I thought with the shadow I would chatch someone but you all nailed this one..... 5. [4/8]
Brown Throated Martin. It was a little sneaky photo as the Martin was perched. The long wings that extend beyond the tail and the fine body and small bill should have pointed you towards a swallow/martin. The overall brown bird then should exclude the swallows and the lack of a white throat and brown collar should eliminate the Sand martin. I speak under correction but Rock MArtins won't perch in trees like this and don't have such white bellies and flanks. 6. [4/8]
Meve's Starling. This bird is much smaller and finer than a Burchel's which has a much bigger and plumper appearance! The tail is much thinner and pointier than Burchel's which is typical Meve's characteristic. The bird although being a Juv already shows the charactiristic blue rather than the more greenish tingeing of a burchel's.7. [1/8]
Sooty Shearwater. Ok this was the tricky bird. I didn't want to add this pic initially as it doesn't show the key I.D feature for Sooty shearwater which is the silvery underwing coverts. This was not an easy I.D tand the only real indicator was the lighter yellowish, (not white), throat patch on this bird which should separate it from Flesh-Footed shearwater. It doesn't however have a white throat which excludes all the shearwaters except Flesh-footed and Wedge tailed. It is however very cool that everyone I.D this bird as a shearwater. That is already brilliant attempt getting the family right. Wasn't easy this photo......
wishing everyone a succesful and peaceful final week of November!