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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 4:06 pm 
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Now, as for the next challenge....I though you said you had improved from vent views, back views and headless birds!! I see a good number in this challenge!



It must be my older photos :wink: :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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No hidden birds he says..... :slap:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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8/10 for me for Challenge #18/2013! :dance: :dance:

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Challenge #19/2013 will be posted by Micetta on Friday, 17 May 2013! :D (I think it is going to be very tough!) :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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7/10 for #18/2013 for me. Been away for a while. Thanks hilda for the reminder! :thumbs_up:

Good luck all!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Welcome back Marisar, and well done! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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8/10 for me for No. 18 of 2013 :D .

Great to see you back Marisar and well done with 7/10 :thumbs_up: .

Well done as well Hilda :clap: :clap: .

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6/10 for #18.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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8/10 for this one. really a fantastic challenge this one


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6.5/10 for #18.

Was generously given a half mark for a near miss! But quite pleased with myself, and I have awarded this result an honourable pass, only because I haven't done any bird ID's for over 25 years, so very rusty. But need to get back in the groove for my September trip, so I can maybe hold my own with my sister and BIL who spend weeks in the park each year!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Congratulations all! Great scores for this not-so-easy challenge! :clap: :clap:

Welcome addictedToBirds! Hope to see you here on a weekly basis! :thumbs_up:

Pawps! No bird IDs for over 25 years, yet you've done very well! Welcome and please let us see you here every week! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 9:12 am 
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Congratulations to everybody who took part in this 18th Challenge. well done :clap: :clap: :clap: :D
Welcome to all the new participants :clap: :clap:


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Welcome all new mites!

10/10 for 18/13 :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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9/10 for me for #18 :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Congratulations Jakkie Human! :clap: :clap:

Very well done Davejenny! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Answers to Challenge 18/2013

I had a nice turn up of 15 entries

There I thought I created a tricky challenge, but all of you bowled me over! The average was 84% for this challenge, with a large number getting full marks (I am licking my wounds of defeat :doh: )

#1 Great spotted cuckoo (12.5) A buff/rufous neck, spotted white back and very long tail.
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#2 Long Crested Eagle (12) – Although one cannot see the head on this bird, the white windows on both sides of the wings, and tail bars make this distinctively a Long Crested Eagle.
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#3 Juv Green Twinspot (15)– The Female Twinspot is the easiest to recognize out of the field guides – with the green back and chest, without any red in the face. The yellow faces are diagnostic of the Juveniles, and the spots are just starting to show. There is no other waxbill, finch or other similar sized bird in all green. Roberts Multimedia has a very nice photo.
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#4 Kalahari Scrub Robin (14) – The two likely candidates here would be white-browed Scrub-robin and Kalahari Scrub-Robin. The stance with the flicked up tail and the rufous rump, should have narrowed it down to these to. As there is no white wing bars, this then can only be Kalahari Scrub-robin
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5 Wryneck (6)- Favourite quote this week from Johan :"Yeaow! That round head makes one think it’s an owl”(He did get it right though) This is what most of the incorrect IDs were for, and quite a variety of owls as well. Key here is the dark line down the neck, barred tail and pattern of black spots on back.
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6 Cliff Swallow (14)- The buffy rump is diagnostic, crown dark brown, nape paler brown, mantle with some blueish gloss
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7. Banded Martin (14)- Sneaky angle on this bird as you cannot see the band, but key diagnostic is that just seen white “racing stripe” from the bill to the eye
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8. Immature Black Sparrowhawk (10) Distinct feather centres on the breast and belly, yellowish eye,white spots on wing, long tail banded.
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9. White crowned Helmet-shrike (Juv) and adult (hidden) (15) - Those bright orange legs are a dead give-away
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10. Female Drakensberg Rockjumper (14.5) - This bird cost me a lot of research before I was comfortable to add it to the challenge, yet most of you got it. Without knowing the location distinguishing between juv and female is very difficult and many of you elected the Juvenile, for which I did not penalise. This particular female is one of the lighter coloured ones in the Berg, which made it even trickier. So how do you distinguish them? From many photographs that I studied there are three distinctions that apply to both the Cape and Drakensberg Juveniles. Firstly the eye is paler – more orange than the deep red of the adults. Secondly juveniles tend to have some dark streaking onto the breast. This differs from the light streaking on the throat in being darker and each streak longer. Thirdly the breast and belly of the juveniles are not uniformly coloured. If you look at the photo, this female is coloured exactly the same from the top to the bottom, where juveniles will be more mottled especially further down the belly. All these are just my observations, and I stand corrected if anyone has more concrete observations.
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