Hi there fellow Bird ID Challengers
I know the results of the last challenge should only be posted later today, but it has just passed midnight and and I have a full day tomorrow.........so here goes the answers for challenge #14
Thanks to all who submitted. In total I got 10 submissions (Dabchick, mel123, Ladybirder, anne-marie, barryels, PNF, Hippotragus, hilda, adrainp, davejenny). The average score for the challenge was a respectable 5,6 out of 8.
Were it not for the "@@&z
@*x%" bird at #3, some of you would have hit full marks, but sadly nobody got 8/8. To be honest, I felt soooooo bad when I saw no right answers coming in for #3, that I have tried to provide some pixel-sized points in the answers below.
Either way - thanks again to all and happy birding
Bird #1 Immature Greenbacked Heron (also called the Striated Heron).
The main factor that would have got you to this answer are the prominent yellow lores, coupled with the yellow eyes. The whitish streaking is prominent on the chest and back.
Bird #2 Reed Cormorant.
Most people got this, but some were off the mark. The bill shape (and bare facial skin) should have got you to the cormorants. The red eye, lack of a crest and downward patterns on the lower mandible, should have narrowed this to the answer.
Bird #3 Purple Gallinule
This was the stinker. The heavy, short red bill was the key factor to consider. From this, some got to the Moorhen, but there is no yellow on the bill. The "upper plate" of the bill extends well over the eye and sits very prominently on the forehead. This coupled to the whispers of blue/purple iridescence on the neck (some say I am dreaming of pixel-sized dots
) would have got you to the answer.
Bird #4 Arrow-marked Babbler
Not many problems with this one. Buffy brown underparts with a little of the white "arrow marks" visible. The distinctive orange eye and body stance should have closed the ID.
Bird #5 Black Cuckoo
Many got this one, but there were a few answers off the mark. The slight "edge" pattern in the feathers with the white edges under the tail, coupled to the distinctive cuckoo bill should have bought the ID home.
Bird #6 Greater Striped Swallow
Most got this one, although some opted for Lesser Striped Swallow. The rufous head and high white cheeks (as opposed to rufous cheeks) together with the fine black stripes on the chest are the key elements.
Bird #7 Temmink's Courser
Most got this one. Once the bird has been singled out as a Courser, the broader black line up to the eye and the full rufous cap should have closed it down.
Bird #8 Bronze Mannikin.
All-round an easy one. From Roberts: head, throat and upper breast blackish, washed dull metallic green; back and wings greyish brown, rump barred black and white; tail black; rest of underparts white, barred blackish on flanks and undertail.