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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:09 pm 
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7/10 + a bonus :whistle: :dance: :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very good score, Micetta. :clap: :clap: :clap: I had a bonus too!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very good Micette, well done :clap: :clap: . I've posted mine on Wednesday night already, but have not receive my results yet. It is not in my outbox since Yesterday afternoon.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I have the same problem as Ladybirder :?

Patience is not my strong suit! :|


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Exactly the same problem with mine? :(


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Problem resolved!! Thx adrianp! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thanks Adrianp,was just worried that it was a fault on my side. :redface:
10/10 plus BB :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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OK then, boys and girls. If you could see the evil grin on my face as I'm rubbing my hands together, you would run for the hills. But you can't so you won't :twisted:

The last challenge I posted (#39) was a lark, even though it contained no larks at all - see what I did there? :wink: . Conversely, the challenge that followed consisted only of larks and it floored a number of you. So I feel that today I have to make up for the easy-peasy challenge I insulted your intelligence with last time :D

To that end, I bring you:

Challenge #44/2013

PM me your answers by 15 Nov and check back then for the answers. And be warned, I have an even tougher challenge lined up for #45 :twisted:

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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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:29 am 
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Here with are the results for a Challenge # 43.

There were 14 entrants, and the median score was 7/10.

Top score was Ladybirder with 10/10! :congrats:

There are also some budding cartoonists in the making. Zapiro watch out.

#1 Short-Toed Rock-Thrush Female. You all managed to get this as a female rock thrush. The uniform orange on breast to the rump excludes Miombo and Sentinel. Of the remaining two, short toed has a white throat and black markings whereas Cape does not.
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#2 Long billed pipit. Pipits are always a nuisance, and many got this wrong :wall: . The first point of ID is that it is one of the large pipits. The second point is the back of the bird. In this case the back was marked, rather than plain, so you immediately discount the plain backed and buffy group. On this note, the markings on plain backed pipit are often less distinct than other members of the “marked back” group. The facial markings are not bold enough to be an African pipit so that eliminates that plus the pink mandible. Long elongated appearance, flat fore crown, pink lower mandible suggest it is a long billed. This bird was seen in an area (Mokala NP) near Kimberly which overlaps with Kimberly pipit. The habitat (boulder strewn hills) was more that of long-billed pipit (Kimberly pipit favours more open areas). Well done to those who nailed this one.
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#3 African reed warbler. (Near Oudshoorn). Indistinct buff eyebrow, light brown back and short wings. Most of you got this as either African or Eurasian reed warbler. The two are almost impossible to separate in the field, unless you have the bird in hand and look at the wing ratio. The hint at ARW is that the bird is sitting in wintery dry vegetation. Eurasian is an uncommon summer migrant. Also the picture does show the wing length relative to the tail length nicely.
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#4 Brimstone canary (Bully canary). I think you all got this one. Separable from yellow canary by olive green above robust bill.
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#5 Ruppel’s Koorhaan (Sossa’s vlei Namibia). Most got this. The black line running down the neck is the diagnostic feature. I managed to fool a few of you by selecting a bird from the South of its range, where the facial features share more in common with Karoo Koorhaan. (Sorry, that was sneaky :twisted: ).
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#6 Namaqua sandgrouse male (Etosha NP). Few problems with this one. Plain head and neck are diagnostic.
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#7 Curlew Sandpiper. (Walvis bay in July). The bill shape (long decurved) is the giveaway. The bill on ruff is shorter, and is thicker at the point. I thought the remnants of breeding plumage in this early arrival would get you, but most of you are too smart for that, or have decent reference books :w: .
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#8 Cape Gannet –juvenile. I get seasick, so pelagics are so not my thing :mrgreen: . This was taken from land off the Robberg peninsula NP. You can see some of the white adult plumage coming through.
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#9Common Tern – (Walvis Bay July). Transitional/non-breeding. Can be separated from antartic tern by the foot colour which remains red in breeding plumage. The grey rump and tail is not visible in this picture. The tial is longer in Roseatte tern.
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#10 Swift tern- no problems here. Only tern with a large yellow bill.
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Classic captions were:
"But I don't wanna roost on S#@%"
“Not in public dear”
“get off my back”
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Enjoy the next challenge... a nice collection of waders from Deefstes


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:47 am 
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Congrats. to Ladybirder with that magnificent score :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks to Adrianp for the answers. :thumbs_up: Hell will freeze over before I get the pipits and warblers correct :wall: :wall:

OH NO! Not waders. :big_eyes: Deefstes, do your challenges carry health warnings?


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Don't worry about the waders......they are all the same in different colours and seasons etc. :tongue: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for the answers to challenge #43 adrianp! :D (My score was 7/10 plus bonus.)

Congratulations Ladybirder! :clap: :clap: I think I must consult you before I post my answers in future! :tongue:

Deefstes, thank you for challenge #44 .... you were not joking when you warned me to be afraid! :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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9/10 for #44, totally :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very well done MxM! :clap: :clap:

I haven't even started yet! :( Although all are beautiful pictures, one will have to look very careful what they are!) :wink:

By now you all know that the next challenge, #45/2013, will also be posted by Deefstes! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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7/10 for #44. Well pleased, probably my best result in Bird ID. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:


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