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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:19 am 
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16/16 for #27 :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done umtali1 and davejenny! :clap: :clap:

I think all of us have 100% for this one! It is very nice to be "forced" to read up on the birds, otherwise I always say "I don't have time now"! :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Submitted mine for 27. I really enjoyed the reading up I had to do :) :thumbs_up:

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27-30 Tamboti (Number 40!!!)
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I think you're right, Hilda. Full house for me on 27 too :)

Now to pluck up the courage and brace myself for 28 ...

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Is the bush calling loudly? Read about the Bush Camps presented by the HR's

July/August 2014
27-30 Tamboti (Number 40!!!)
30-1 Letaba
1-4 Shingwedzi
4-6 Mopani


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Bird Challenge #28/2014

Have fun! 8)

#1:

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#2:

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#3:

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#4:

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#5:

2 Birds to have a go at.

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#6:

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#7:

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#8:

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#9:

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#10

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We won't be home this weekend, so any messages will be answered on Sunday evening or Monday. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Porridge! :clap: :clap:

Thank you for challenge #28/2014 Guinea Pig! :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I still owe you the answers to challenge No. 27

Needless to say that all 13 participants did get full score and got a lot of positive feedback because they not only had to identify the birds but also to read or even re-read a bit more about them. Thanks to all participants you were fantastic :gflower: :k

No 1.
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How do the immature birds differ in plumage from the adults

Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs

Yellow-Billed Stork

No. 2
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Describe their nesting behaviour

Natural captivity in tree trunk. Entrance sealed most of the time with mud by female brought by male. Male delivers nest lining of bark flakes and small sticks. Cavity 300-450 mm diam, nest floor 120-200 mm below entrance. Entrance usually 100-300 mm high, 100-150 mm wide, narrowed by female to slit 150-240 mm high, 20 mm wide. Escape 'chimney' extends above cavity

Trumpeter Hornbill


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Approx how many fish are necessary for this birds feed a day?

1-2 fish per day (up to 2kg)

African Fish Eagle

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Describe their nest.

Huge oval shaped mass of sticks, reeds, weeds and debris, including man made items.In stout fork of a tree, cliff egde, rock in a river. Rarely on the ground or sandbank. Measures 2m in diameter with roof 1m thick. Chamber 30 - 50cm diameter roughly plastered with mud. Entrance tunnel 13 - 18 cm diameter, 40 - 60 cm long. Smoothly plastered faces sloping downwards to least accessible part of site. Weighs 25 - 50 kg and roof withstands weight of a man. May be build cooperatively by 4 or more birds.

Hammerkop

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What is the distinct, main difference between the male and female?

Male has a dark brown eye , female a yellow eye. Male has yellow wattles at base of bill.

Saddle-billed stork

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How does he look when not wearing his breeding plumage and how can you distinct him then from the females?

When they are not breeding the males are a dull shades of brown; boldly streaked buff and dark brown above, buffy eyebrow; Dark brown wings and tail.- Females are very similar throughout. During breeding season the Male looks like the above photo. Females remain dull.

Southern Red Bishop

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On what does the bird feed?

Juicy fruit, particularly figs and wild figs

Green pigeon

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Distinguish between the male, female and juvenile.

male - chestnut breast, white underwings
female - chestnut belly, chestnut underwings
juv. male - black-speckled, chestnut breast, white underwings
juv. female - whitish breast, chestnut underwings

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Pumbaa wrote:
I still owe you the answers to challenge No. 27

Needless to say that all 13 participants did get full score and got a lot of positive feedback because they not only had to identify the birds but also to read or even re-read a bit more about them. Thanks to all participants you were fantastic :gflower: :k


Fantastic too for you to set a different challenge
and it was rewarding for this participant.

thanks :: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for bringing variety into the challenges. :clap: . Really enjoyed having to do some research.

Now must continue turning the pages for Guinea Pig's challenge...........

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

I think all the participants' morale have been boosted by 100% scores! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Full house for #28 :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Great score umtali1! :clap: :clap:

Challenge #29/2014 will be posted by Bushbuddies on Friday, 1 August 2014. :thumbs_up:

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