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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well pleased with 9/10! :dance:
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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10/10 for challenge #49/2013 for me this time around. :D

As you all know, #49/2013 was the last challenge for this year. I want to thank all our experts who worked so hard to put up challenges during the year, to mark it, send the results back to all the participants with clear explanations of what to look for in each and every bird. You were all fantastic, and we hope to learn more from you in the year to come! Image!

Thank you all for participating too! The next challenge will hopefully be posted on 10 January 2014!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very blessed 2014! Enjoy the festive season with all your loved ones, drive safely and have a good rest!

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Wow, well done Hilda!!

I got 8/10 - which isn't bad for 10 birds I've never seen in my life! Thank you to all my wonderful bird books!!

Thanks to all the people who have thought up the Challenges during the year - some were quite "interesting". It must be hard work to devise a Challenge but we all appreciate it tremendously.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year - may all your wishes and aspirations come true.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Brilliant scores everyone, especially Hilda with 100%. :clap: :clap: :clap:

May I take this opportunity to thank Hilda for keeping us all in line :gflower: :k and for organising you gallant people for providing us with the challenges. :clap: :clap: :clap:

:thanx: :thanx:

Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a new year full of wild and wonderful things. Safe travelling.

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Very, very well done Hilda!!!. :hands: :congrats: :clap: :clap: I only managed 9/10.
Season greetings to you all and enjoy being with your family and friends.


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Wow Hilda! Golden spoon!! :gflower:
Unfortunately I have not found the time to do the last two ones :wall: :redface: :redface:

All the same I want to wish a merry Christmas ( to those celebrating it ) Image and a happy New Year to
all of my fellow bird lovers!! Image

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6/10 for #49. Well pleased especially as those pages in my bird book have hardly been turned.

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Challenge 49 Answers

Thanks for all the entries guys and gals. I received 13 entries in total, 5 of whom got all 10 correct. Well done gatita, hilda, JvR, Dabchick and Glasogie.

The average score was an impressive 8.7/10!I will have to say that the effort that is going into these challenge identifications these days and the kind of scores I'm seeing with challenges posing some real tricky birds, is lightyears ahead of what it was when I started being involved in setting challenges some years ago. Again, well done.

Unfortunately though I will now have to retire from these challenges as I'm just not getting everything done and to to these challenges justice requires a fair bit of time and effort - not to mention that I'm not even a bird photographer and have to scrounge around for pics. It was fun though and I always enjoy seeing people learn. Hit me up on Facebook and feel free to ask if you have ID questions. I'll be more than happy to point you in the direction of the ID experts :wink:

But so, let's get on with the answers.

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Southern Giant Petrel - Correctly identified by everybody. Of course the greenish bill tip separates it from Northern GP.

Bird 2
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Pomarine Jaeger - Correctly identified by 11/13. Even thought the spatules in the central tail feathers are missing, there are a number of features to set it apart from other jaegers, notably the very prominent white wing flashes and the barring on the flanks and undertail coverts.

Bird 3
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Great Shearwater - Correctly identified by 12/13. Separated from other shearwaters by the dark cap and "dirty" belly.

Bird 4
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White-faced Storm Petrel - Correctly identified by everyone. Of course this would be a whopper mega rarity if it were to show in SA waters so I'm glad to see that you are all ready for it :-)

Bird 5
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White-chinned Petrel - Correctly identified by 11/13. Illustrations in most field guides suggest that the bird always has a white chin but that is vary variable and the text would usuallly indicate that the white chin can be absent - as is the case here. The structure of the compound bill, the white colour of it with black lines between the sections and the black "saddle" is diagnostic though.

Bird 6
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Antarctic Petrel - Correctly identified by 12/13. Another super rarity and again you seem to be ready for it. The brown plumage with large white panels is of course very unique and only superficially similar to Pintado Petrel.

Bird 7
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Soft-plumaged Petrel - Correctly identified by 12/13.The dark collar is of course a very good feature here.

Bird 8
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Southern Royal Albatross - Correctly identified by 11/13. The white on the upper wings and black line along the cutting edge of the bill separates it from Northern Royal Albatross and the greater extent of feathering at the base of the lower mandible separates it from Wandering Albatross. Another interesting feature than separates this bird from Wandering Albatross is the nostril that points forward as opposed to angled downward. This feature can only be seen at very close range though but it shows in this pic.

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South Polar Skua - Correctly identified by 7/13. This seems to have been the stumper of the week. The most noticeable difference with the far more common Subantarctic Skua is the paler plumage, but specifically how the paler body contrast with the darker wings. Subantarctic Skua is pretty much the same shade of darker brown all over. Even the dark morph of South Polar Skua should show that contrast between the body colour and the wing colour.

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Wilson's Storm Petrel - Correctly identified by 11/13. White in the upper wing separates it from European Storm Petrel while the square as opposed to forked tail separates it from Madeiran.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for the answers Deefstes, and thank you so much for all your hard work making these challenges possible! I am sad, and I think most of the participants will also feel the same, to think that you will not post challenges any more! But hey! We all know what the word "time" means, and how precious that is! :thumbs_up:

Everything of the very best for you and your family! Success in your career! :D

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous Festive Season, and maybe we will see you back at the Bird ID Challenges in the near future!

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hilda wrote:
Thank you for the answers Deefstes, and thank you so much for all your hard work making these challenges possible! I am sad, and I think most of the participants will also feel the same, to think that you will not post challenges any more! But hey! We all know what the word "time" means, and how precious that is! :thumbs_up:

Everything of the very best for you and your family! Success in your career! :D

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous Festive Season, and maybe we will see you back at the Bird ID Challenges in the near future!


Couldn't have put it any better myself. Thank you. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Sorry that I have not been able to participate in the last two challenges, but I will certainly be ready for the upcoming ones next year.

Thank you very much for the great birders, who have put work and time into keeping us on our toes and a big hug to Hilda for keeping everything working like a well oiled machinery :gflower: :gflower:

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Hi dear challengers and participants!

Image to all of you!

I am having a challenge to get my spread sheet filled for the first four months of this year! I have instructed the new Mod, barryels, to put up the first challenge for 2014!

I hope it will not be too easy though!

We leave for KNP tomorrow morning at 4:00, but will try to be in touch as much as possible!

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Challenge #1 of 2014

Thanks again to IMAX for permission to use his birds :thumbs_up: .

Best wishes for 2014 and may everybody have an awesome year ahead :dance: .

This is a really easy challenge to start off 2014 with.

Had to put up the challenge a day early due to the close to none existence of 3G reception at Olifants camp :tongue: .

Enjoy the challenge :D .

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Thank you for posting the challenge SO! :k

Enjoy the challenge everybody! :dance: :dance:

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Have to get the books out again and dusted off !!!!!!!!

Thank you Barryels. :thumbs_up:

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