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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:31 am 
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Answers to #26/2013

The stats:

11 participants.
Highest score 12/14 (two 'mites: Ladybirder & Dugong :clap: )
Average: 68.83%

1. Wood Sandpiper (7/11 correct answers, most common mistake green sandpiper)

White eyebrow, spotted appearance, legs greenish-yellow (and brighter/yellower than that of the green sandpiper), bill not that long and heavier than that of the Green Sandpiper, also lighter brownish back than the green sandpiper.
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2. Amethyst Sunbird juv (9/11 correct answers)
Black on throat and white eyebrow
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3. Natal Spurfowl (almost no problems here, 10/11 correct answers)
Legs reddish, black and white pattern on underparts, black streak on back feathers.
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4.Rattling Cisticola (Only 3/11 correct answers, other common answers included Lazy cisticola (which has a plain not streaked back), Levaillant's cisticola (back marked much more boldly than this), Wailing cisticola (bill slightly smaller, black marks on back slightly bolder)
Grey on back streaked darker grey, eyebrow visible
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5.White-browed Scrub Robin (almost no problems: here 10/11 correct answers)
White chin, streaked chest and white eyebrow
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6.Brown-headed Parrot (6/11 correct answers; a few 'mites thought it may be African green pigeon, which would have a smaller, straighter bill and smaller feet, and one or two thought Meyer's parrot. Frankly, after browsing through a few books, I realized this may have been an unfair photo to use, as some books, e.g. Sasol, says that the brown-headed parrot should have all yellow under wings, while the Meyer's parrot have limited yellow :? . So I can only apologize for the unfair pic and post another photo clearly showing the two-toned bill and greenish (not turquoise) underparts :roll: )
Green underparts,Dark upper mandible with paler lower mandible, yellow underwing coverts.
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7.Ashy Flycatcher (few problems here, 9/11 correct answers)
Blue-grey colour, white eyering and black loral spot
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8.Black-crowned Night-Heron sub adult (6/11 correct answers)
Red eyes, stil some green at base of bill, black crown
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9.Brown Snake Eagle juv (almost no problems, 10/11 correct answers)
Yellow eyes, Pale grey cere, greyish legs, still spotted white on underparts.
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10. Black-backed puffback juvenile :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: -- I caught a lot of you! One correct answer, by Dugong :clap:
black cap, buffy colour mixed in with black on back and wings. I add another photo showing the face, with the brown eye of the juvenile puffback
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11.Zitting Cisticola (7/11 correct answers; few other cisticolas look like this one - the Cloud cisticola has an even shorter tail)
Bright pink legs that appear bit long, pale colour in wing, shortish tail
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12. African Hawk Eagle (few problems, 9/11 correct answers. One 'mite though martial eagle, which will have a more massive head and dark chest with spots on white underparts. Ayre's hawk eagle have a more boldly-streaked chest)
white spots on wing, Streaked on chest
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13. Pale flycatcher (8/11 correct answers)
Pale grey-brown upperparts, off-white, dirty looking underparts, size (difficult to see on photo, smaller than a thrush. Closest in "looks" with Chat flycatcher, which is larger, thrush-sized, and occurs in the western parts of the country (this photo was taken near Pretoriuskop in the KNP
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14.Bearded Woodpecker male (no problems here 11/11)
The only one barred and not streaked or spotted, Red on crown, black and white spotted on forehead, dark line through eye, dark broad moutachial stripe
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6/14 for #26 with a couple of near misses :dance: .
That :evil: looking bird turned out to be a sub-adult black-crowned night heron :lol: Real staring red eyes!

Thanks very much, Dabchick, for the detailed descriptions and analysis. Very interesting to know how many get each one correct. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for a great challenge and for the answers Dabchick! :gflower:

8/14 for me for #26/2013! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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WTM - I certainly know what your No. 4 is :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Sorry I didn't take part in Challenges 25 and 26. Thank you for posting them, Johan and Dabchick. I was busy with other stuff and I find I need lots of extra time for all the LBJs!

Will try to make time to do Challenge 27

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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hilda wrote:

8/14 for me for #26/2013! :dance: :dance:
Same score once again :whistle: :thumbs_up: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Heeey 'Cett fancy meeting you around here!!

Small world for bird too fly about though you
make out too be a cat,.... Heh he,....

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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That's why I love the little birdies :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you Wildtuinman. But I am :wall: :think: #4 and #6 are hard :(

I think we should have BB added to the bird index for each species :tongue: Horrid little thing to id :(

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Don't get confused 'mites:

Kindly take note that Deefstes will post Bird ID Challenge #28/2013 tomorrow, 16 July 2013 instead of Friday, 19 July 2013, due to the fact that he is on his way to Sodwana, and will not be able to post it on Friday. The answers, however, still have to be send to Deefstes and you still have time to submit your answers for #28/2013 until Friday, 26 July 2013.

First we have to complete our IDs for Wildtuinman's challenge, which should be submitted to him on or before this coming Friday, 19 July 2013. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well I got 8/10 very suprised :) as I struggled with this one #4 and 6 had me ripping my hair out. And a few others.

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Must try to rip my hair out, it might help :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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9/10 for me for #27/2013! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Bird ID Challenge.
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Challenge #28/2013

Well hello there mites. Unfortunately I have to post challenge #28 a couple of days early as I'm leaving for Sodwana Bay tomorrow. I probably won't get around to much birding but I should have good material for a few tropical fish or nudibranch ID challenges if you're interested :wink:

I see there has been some talk on the forums of a new format of the challenges but I have not been in the loop much lately and haven't had the time to look into what that entails. Forgive me so if this challenge is very much an old format challenge. I'll look at what this new format is all about the next time I put up a challenge.

Anyway, here we go. PM me your answers before Fri, 26 July. The eager beavers who send through their answers during the weekend will just have to bear with me until Monday when I will be back and can start scoring your answers.

Bird 1
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Bird 2
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Bird 3
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Bird 4
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Bird 5
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Bird 6
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Bird 7
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Bird 8
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Bird 9
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Bird 10
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Thank you for challenge #28/2013 Deefstes! :D

New format for the challenges? I'm not aware of it either! :hmz:

Enjoy Sodwana Bay and drive safely! :dance: :dance:

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