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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:03 am 
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Dave, No harm done on the Black Kite, in fact you have made me learn something new. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Answers submitted :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge - black kite and #10
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Dave
thanks for being a challenge master :clap:
A braver man than I :yaya:

(we all now know the definition of challenge - for the master).

#10
Been busy this week @ work (I hate :wall: spammers) ,
for our village and family so haven't yet had time for a peek at any of the #10 ones so will hopefully try tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge - black kite and #10
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inyanga 1 wrote:
Dave
thanks for being a challenge master :clap:
A braver man than I :yaya:

(we all now know the definition of challenge - for the master).
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Thank you very much inyanga :thumbs_up: - it's much appreciated :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Only 4/10 for #10 :( :( :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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JvR pointed me to this article on black kites by world renowned raptor expert, Dick Forsman. :thumbs_up:
Plates 5 and 6 are of particular interest...

http://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php ... 1361903404

So there's a possibility that the photograph of the Black Kite in quiz #9 is in fact a Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus).

It's NOT called this in my Helms Field Guide: Birds of East Africa.

So the plot thickens........ :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Hi Guys
Thanks for entering, I hope you all had as much fun doing the challenge as I had setting it. Top honours go to Ladybirder with 9/10. She really is a star at this!! The average score was 6/10.
#1 Long Billed Crombec
In the field this bird had me going for a while, as the colours (dull dark chocolate wash) were not obvious for this species, the behaviour, a bit odd (it was nesting) as opposed to mixed bird parties, and the habitat (fynbos 2km from the sea near Bettys bay) as opposed to acacia woodland. In the end after a lot of photo’s the short tail and shape had me convinced, and the rest of the pieces fell into place. I was feeling a bit mean when I chose a picture that hides the long bill and short tail :twisted:
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#2 Karoo Prinia
Another picture that does not fit the typical habitat/ background. Also from Betty’s Bay, taken in a heavily wooded garden.
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#3 Malachite Sunbird
Another odd one, most guessed Amathyst sunbird, based on the black spots on the chest. However, the throat of Amathyst sunbird is black, and more importantly, the spots are black on a pale background. In this case if you look carefully, the spots are created from the ruffled effects which shows the dark underfeathers through the pale foreground.
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#4 Kitlitz Plover Juvenile
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#5 Plain Backed Pipit Most got this one. The coastal flora (if your are into that) is of the coastal salt marshlands. Only two species of pipit habit these kinds of environs, African and plain backed. The diagnostics for the plain backed are the plain mantle and yellow lower mandible colouring.
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#6 African Pipit Typical African pipit showing strong contrasting facial features (for a pipit).
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#7 Little Stint and Common Ringed Plover – no problems here. The ring necked plover makes a nice size marker for the little sint.
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#8 Malachite sunbird - I put the same bird in twice, the first one was photographed in Bettys bay, this paler one came from the Karoo near Gariep dam. Always nice to see how much variation there can be based on location.
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#9 Quiz Question:
c) Great Spotted Cuckoo – is a brood parasite of Crows and Starlings. Mynahs being part of the starling family are a likely target. This form of brood parasitism was first reported in 2005, and is published in Roberts VII and on Biodiversity Explorer. (Isn’t google great). What sparked the interest was that a week ago, I saw it with my own eyes, a pair of common mynahs feeding a great spotted cuckoo chick at Bakhlate gate at Pilangsberg National Park. I was more excited than if I had seen a Leopard kill. One of the rangers shared the sighting and remarked, “at last, a use for them!!”


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for the answers Adrianp! :dance: :dance: Oh my! I chose the wrong Sunbird! :doh:

7/10 for me for Challenge #10/2014. :thumbs_up:

I think Johan has gone birding somewhere. Maybe he will post challenge #11/2014 soon? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Good score Hilda :clap: Went for the wrong sunbird too :wall:

Thanks for the answers AdrianP :thumbs_up: Cruel trick to play on us :hmz: but of course those who know their birds will have picked it up :lol:

Well pleased to have got some correct :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well pleased to have got some correct


Thank you umtali1! Same here! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Dear participants,

Johan van Rensburg is experiencing problems logging in onto SANParks Website, and they are also struggling with power sharing. He will post challenge #11/2014 as soon as possible. The run time for the challenge will still be seven days from date of posting, regardless of the fact that challenge #12/2014 will still be posted by Dabchick on Friday, 4 April 2014. :thumbs_up:

Thank you for understanding. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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This is Challenge #11 of 2014.

Bird #1

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Bird #2

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Bird #3

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Bird #4

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Bird #5

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Bird #6

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Bird #7

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Bird #8

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This is the last of my challenges… I am bowing out of the challenge setting role for a bit.

Hope you enjoy these…

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks for your latest and last challenge :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: It looks to be really interesting.

Shall miss your challenges :( but understand time constraints in this busy world. Hope you will still be available to share your words of wisdom with us novices.

:thanx:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for challenge #11/2014 Johan! :thumbs_up: If this is your last challenge, I'll have to find a challenge master for #15/2014 to be posted on 25 April 2014, which I have as your last challenge. :hmz:

Anybody out there who wants to take up this challenge (#15/2014) please? :think:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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hilda wrote:

Anybody out there who wants to take up this challenge (#15/2014) please? :think:


The next challenge masters will be me and DuQues. 8)

Now to go through all those photos to find some GOOD challenge ones.... :twisted:


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