Good Evening Everyone.Here are the results for challenge 39#
We had a total of 13
participants which is a little low, but judging by the marks it couldn't have been to difficult! Right?
The average was 83.85%!
2 Mites got 6/10
2 Mites got 7/10
3 Mites got 8/10
1 Mite got 9/10
and Ladybirder, Jakkie Human, Dugong, Muturashanga and Dabchick got Full marks!
OK so here goes:Challenge #39
1.African Hawk Eagle: 9/13
I thought with the angle of the photo I would throw a few people. It couldn't have been a Marsh harrier as the tail is to short. A long crested Eagle has a dark body and wings with barring on the secondaries in the under wing. A Ayre's Hawk eagle will not show wing panels on the upper wing. The clincher here is definately the combination of the upper wing panels with white secondaries and primaries on the under wing. The black trailing edge to the wings is also a good pointer. Then if you look closely the streaking on the chest stops at the chest and the thighs and flanks are clean white! I agree from the photo it was difficult to judge between Eagle and buzzard but not impossible!
2.Pygmy Kingfisher. 13/13
No problems here...not even with the fact that I posted a pic near water! Well done you guys are awake!
3.Short Clawed Lark. 6/13
Ok this was the toughest bird in the list. So why a short clawed Lark? It's got a very long bill. This should narrow your choice down to 7 species. The combination of broad white supercilium, odd back markings, clean flanks, streaked chest and back color points to short clawed lark! This bird was seen in Botsalano near Mafikeng.
4.Swamp NightJar. 11/13
WOW well done . This one was not easy as well. Everyone got the family right. Very good. Then the white outer tail feather combined with the very light brown wings with white spots on the wing make it distinct. The only confusion could be with Square Tailed but they are generally darker in appearance and lacks the cream/white markings below the eye.
5.Yellow Throated Petronia. 12/13
I think this was clear. The broad white supercilium and lack of streaking with yellow throat patch are key. Lemon Breasted canary lacks the Supercilium.
6.Collared Pratincole. 13/13
No problems here.
8.Barred Wren Warbler. 11/13
Ok was a tricky angle on the photo. The leg color of grey and the eye color should have clenched this I.D Sterlings has flesh colored legs!
9.Whiskered Tern. Trans. 8/13
This bird also caused problems. Terns are difficult. The dark red Legs and bill are key here as both Arctic and Antarctic have bright red legs in Br. Also the bill is very heavy compared to the other Terns. The grey throat should have ruled out Roseate Tern. I would also struggle if I didn't take this pick at Marivale...
10.Sedge Warbler. 12/13
This warbler seemed to be easy for everyone. The white supercilium and streaking on head was the give away I think!
Well done everyone. Looks like I need to retire as I cannot catch you guys out!