Most of you got the theme of the Kalahari spot on and most of you also spotted the out of range Quailfinch that I got close to Melkvlei. This species does however appear on the park bird list so they do crop up from time to time.
Well done to the three entries that managed a full score. The average score for this challenge was nice and high at 84%
across a nice turn up of 15
#1 Lark-like Bunting (12) -
Quite a few nominations for White-throated Canary but this species would have a heavier bill and would be more grey overall. This is an overall browner bird, with also a White chin, light facial markings legs that are not dark.
#2 Pale chanting Goshawk (13)
- Most had this one right, but this image you would not easily find in any guide as this bird is halfway between Immature and adult plumage. Pale eye, and long legs should get you onto the family, with the barring just appearing on the chest providing the final ID.
#3 Greater Kestrel (15)
as everyone had this one right no need for further details.
#4 Shaft-tailed Whydah non-br and Juv (7)
- By far the most difficult of all the birds this week, but then I knew this would be so. Also confusing to many as you knew there was an extra bird lurking somewhere, but all of these are Shaft-tailed Whydah, the non-breeding males distinguished from what many nominated as Red-billed Quelas by the streaked head. The juveniles are a bit trickier as not many guides have them illustrated, but the GISS is very similar and a few are starting to show a hint of a red bill
#5 Secretary Bird (12)
- A few incorrect ones here, but the bird has a slightly wrong GISS for some reason as the legs do not extend beyond the tail as it should. The longer neck and head and the black tail tips distinguishes its pattern from Egyptian Vulture that some nominated
#6 Lanner Falcon (13 )
- Another little devious one, as many actually missed that there was a falcon in the middle of those pigeons. Pale crown the teardrops and of course if you got the theme right, would have gotten you on to a young Lanner Falcon.
#7 Black-chested Prinia non-br (14 )
- Fairly straight forward one that most had right, but without view of the tail in its customary cock probably made it a bit more challenging. Pale throat and eyebrow, with yellow belly and just a hint of the black collar remaining
#8 Namaqua (10)
and Burchells sandgrouse (8)
- This is where the extra bird was, and quite a number missed the Burchells Sandgrouse, as the bands of the Namaqua was more easily seen. Never assume all birds of a flock are the same species. In this photo the Namaqua is the odd one out with 5 male and one female Burchells identifiable. Male burchells with the bluish face and speckled chest and the female with the yellow face and speckled chest .
#9 Pygmy Falcon (15)
all had this one right so no further explanation
# 10 African Quailfinch (15)
- all had this one right so no further explanation. But also our out of range bird.