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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very well done Gryskopvisvanger and Hilda, and to every one who did the challenge. :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Thank you Ladybirder! :gflower:

Jakkie Human will post challenge #6/2015 as soon as she has time birders! :dance:

Thank you all for participating in challenge #5/2015 by TrevorC! Hopefully TrevorC will let me know whether there were 20 or more participants, otherwise there will not be a winner for the book prize. :(

How and where to photograph birds in Southern Africa. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Bird ID Challenge # 6

Sorry for the late post. Hope you enjoy this challenge. Thank you to Willie Van Rensburg for his photos.

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Thank you for the new challenge Jakkie Human! Looks very interesting and the photos are stunning! :gflower: :gflower:

A very big thank you to Willie van Rensburg for supplying Jakkie with the photos! :gflower: :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Ouch! I have a frantic 2 weeks coming up so might not be able to even try this one. Forgive me if I don't make it.

Thank you Jakkie and Willie - the photos are very interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge 6/2015
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thanks for ....
:dance: :dance: :dance:
no LBJ's
:dance: :dance: :dance:
variety of species :hmz: more paging :doh: , less choice :dance: ...
:o
so a nice challenge :slap: ...
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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inyanga 1 wrote:
no LBJ's


Don't forget about No. 4 inyanga 1! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge 6/2015
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hilda wrote:
inyanga 1 wrote:
no LBJ's
Don't forget about No. 4 inyanga 1! :lol:

I have been reminded about this feathered bird by my SO as being (potentially) an LBJ or maybe a BBJ
but compared to a flock of warbling cisticolas :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:
1 out of 10 is a better ratio.
However if i now get it wrong i will be in the midden. :redface:
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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You won't get it wrong inyanga 1!! I'm sure about it! :thumbs_up: :lol:

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Answers to Bird ID Challenge # 5 – 2014

Thanks to everyone who took part in this rather “experimental” but still very tough LBJ challenge – I realize that LBJ’s may have put off a few participants :( but we still managed to get a credible 13 participants with a very good average score of around 7.5/12 – very well done :clap: :clap: :dance:

What this challenge stressed is the importance of looking at habitat in trying to narrow down your options in birds that often look almost identical, and where I could I tried to show a photo that displayed this in some way, although not always obvious.

Here are the correct answers:

1. Red-faced Cisticola
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Relatively easy this one with 8/13 getting it correct.
Overall rather “plain looking” for a Cisticola, with a rufous face and crown and a washed out pale rufous breast, and a slightly de-curved bill. The reedy habitat also points to this species, rather than the most common wrong answer of Short-winged Cisticola, which would be found in wooded areas in high trees.

2. Wailing Cisticola
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

7/13 got this one correct so not too hard. The rocky grassy habitat is probably the best clue to this bird.
Unlikely to see a Rattling or Chirping Cisticola sitting on a rock. The bright rufous crown and tail and greyish/brown clearly streaked back are also good pointers.

3. Greater Swamp Warbler
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Very tough with only 3/13 getting it correct :hmz:
With this bird the habitat was almost the only clue, as this species is almost exclusively found in dense Papyrus Reeds. It is clearly a Warbler that most of you got, and the overall greyish colour, dark legs, no real eyebrow, long bill (but not as long as the Basra) and white throat were also good pointers.


4. Levaillant's Cisticola
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Very easy this one with 12/13 getting it correct. The bright rufous crown with faint streaks, bright rufous wing panels and black streaked back were all good pointers.


5. African Reed Warbler
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Again not too hard with 7/13 getting it correct. The overall plain featureless brownish bird with no definitive eye stripe and shortish wings, and the fact that it is clinging to a reed were good pointers. I did give half a point for Eurasian Reed Warbler as these are almost identical in the field but unlikely to be this one just based on the scarcity of this species. If anyone can convince me it is a Eurasian, I will gladly accept that.


6. Little Rush-Warbler
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr


Quite easy with 11/13 getting it correct. Overall very dark smoky brown colour of the bird, flattish head and slender bill with a fairly distinct buffy eyebrow were good clues. The fact that it is skulking in the reeds is again typical of this species.

7. Willow Warbler

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Very easy with 12/13 getting it correct. Pale yellow underparts, forked tail and obvious eyebrow were all good clues.


8. Grey-backed Cisticola

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Too easy this one - 13/13 correct. Overall grey colour and sitting in fynbos can only be this species.


9. Marsh Warbler

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

This one was by far the toughest with only 1/13 getting it correct – well done Gryskopvisvanger :clap: :thumbs_up:
Almost all others opted for Icterine Warbler, but purely from the angle of this photo it can be seen that the bird is skulking down in very thick bush very close to ground level – perfect habitat for Marsh Warbler, and somewhere that I have never seen an Icterine Warbler, which is usually high in the thick canopy of trees.
Overall round compact brownish bird with yellowish tinge and whitish under parts, plain faced and short bill. Also shows long wings with strongly contrasting tertial edges.


10. Lesser Swamp-Warbler
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Fairly easy with 8/13 getting it right. Habitat, clear white eyebrow, white under parts, long slender bill and dark legs were all good pointers.

11. Desert Cisticola
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

I thought that this bird would be by far the toughest being one of the short tailed Cisticolas which are almost impossible to tell apart, but 4/13 got it correct so well done :thumbs_up:
The relatively long tail for a short tailed Cisticola and the very pale appearance were slight clues. Also the dry grassy habitat may have helped. Strangely most of the incorrect answers were for Tinkling Cisticola, and not the other short tails, but this species would more often be in trees and not clinging to grass like this bird.


12. Luapula Cisticola

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With this bird I accepted Rufous-winged Cisticola as also being correct, as these two species are in my opinion inseparable but luckily their ranges do not overlap. I saw this one in the Caprivi last year. Amazingly 12/13 got the ID as one of these two species (with 4 getting it 100% correct as Luapula) – well done :clap:
I thought there would have been a lot more incorrect answers like Levaillant’s. The extensive bright orange-rufous in the wing panel, pale under parts and pale rufous/orange head were good pointers.


Sorry for the delay in providing answers – I have just got back home.

Next time Pipits and Larks :tongue: :tongue: just kidding :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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TrevorC wrote:
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Sorry for the delay in providing answers – I have just got back home.

Next time Pipits and Larks :tongue: :tongue: just kidding :wink:

glad you got back :dance:
but i'm very not sure about
Pipits v Larks
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Thank you for the answers TrevorC! I am amazed about those that I got right! :D

Pipits and Larks? :whistle:

Thirteen participants .... not too bad and maybe due to the cricket weekend at Skukuza? :hmz:

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Thank you for an interesting challenge TrevorC. With the exception of the willow warbler, the rest would have been lifers for me, so I am pleased with my score.

Pipits v larks :big_eyes: :evil: Opening a page and sticking a pin in comes to mind........All would-be lifers :wall:

Thank you Jakkie Human for the new challenge.

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