I think a very fair challenge this week, with some easy ones and a few to give some thought to.
The turn out was a bit disappointing this week with only 12 entries! Come on the rest of you!
The average score was 9.3
/ 11 with an average of 84
%.Answers to challenge 40#1 Greater Pelican (12)
– as all of yoy have this one right, no need for further explanations.#2 African Harrier Hawk (11), southern Banded Snake Eagle (7)
This is the photo before the one used in the challenge. (Great photos JVR) Just about all of you correctly Id’d the Harrier-hawk and with the diagnostic single tail band, it should have been quite easy. Most of you then assumed that the other bird must be either a female or juvenile. Do not always take two raptors together for granted as the same species, especially when it involves African Harrier-Hawks. I have on a few occasions seen them take on any other raptor they encounter in their air space, usually just mock attack as in this case. What is even more confusing here is that the Snake Eagle is almost the exact same grey as the Harrier-hawk, but the Juvenile Harrier-hawk has a brown body and the fore part of the underwing also brown, where the SB Snake eagle has a grey head, and no brown on the fore wing.#3 Red form of Karoo Lark (8)–
Most of you tought that this was a Sabota Lark, but the colouring on the belly is just to dark for this. The prominent rufous ear coverlets combined with the rufous crown should have ruled this out from Sabota ,with a striped crown and paler striped ear coverlets. Red Lark is much closer to this species, but the bill is much heavier. Well done to Guinea Pig who narrowed this down to the red form (central race)#4 Southern Carmine bee-eater (juv) (12)
– all of you had this one right, although it is not an easy Id, as a number of the guides does not display the juvenile, but the GISS and tail probably helped you narrow it down.#5 Barrows Korhaan (4)
– Probably the toughest one this week, much to my amazement, as i ID'd the photo sent to me quite quickly! Most answers were for Karoo Korhaan, but there are a few things that distinctly does not make it this. Karoo Korhaan has more yellow legs opposed to Barrows with paler legs (although this is very difficult to ID) They key is that the Karoo has a distinct black throat, which this bird does not have (the dark mark is a shadow). The light brown colouring of the Karoo goes much further down the belly, in a lot of specimens there is no clear white belly, where Barrows has a distinct white belly (from that the old name of White-bellied Korhaan). The second alternative is a female Black-Bellied Bustard, and the real distinguisher here is the uniform brown wing and back vs. the more streaked appearance of the bustard and the lack of the black nape.#6 Spotted Creeper (10)
Yes, this might not be the best picture of this bird, but in reality this is pretty much how one would see this very secretive bird. The two wrong answers on this one indicated woodpeckers, but the barring on the tail is too heavy and thus one needed to look at a bird with a similar GISS, wich should leave you with one alternative, being the Creeper.#7 Black Coucal (12) and SMW (not counted)
– At first this looks like a widowbird, but once you compare it to the SMW, the size difference makes this an easy id as there is only one black bird with rufous wings in this size.#8 Black Cuckooshrike female (9)–
Most wrong answers were for a female Diderick Cuckoo. The yellow should have rules this out as the Diderick has green and not yellow. The Cuckooshrike also has a barred chest opposed to the sposts on the Diderick #9 Yellow-throated Sandgrouse – (11)
GISS is clearly a sandgrouse, the distinct yellow throat on the male unmistakeably ID this bird.#10 Dickensons Kestrel (12).
This one has me astounded! As this this not a very common raptor, very few of us, including myself have seen this bird, yet you all ID’d it correctly. The grey plumage, barring on the tail with the distinct yellow on the face, does make this an easy ID.
Have fun with challenge #41!