Well, here are the correct answers.
I had 15 entries and the average was 11/13
#1 Juv Cape Canary
(5) This was the hardest one of all. Firstly there is a behavioural clue that eliminates the most chosen alternative of Forrest Canary. Forrest Canary’s very much bound to the lower levels of forest and forest fringes, and unless a fence go through the forest, one would almost never find one sitting on a wire. On features, Forrest Canary is a stockier or “dumpier” bird, which does not fit the long sleek appearance of this canary. Probably the thing that got most of you is that this bird does not display any features that indicates is a juvenile bird. Other ID features is the very yellow under tail, and no prominent eye-brow.
#2 Fem Yellow Bishop
(13) Almost all had this one correct. The lighter streaking on the neck becoming heavier to the breast and the yellow wing coverts are key features
#3 Little Sparrowhawk
(14) Three white spots on the tail is the dead give-away for this bird
#4 Karoo scrub-Robin
(11) Posture in the photo is probably what confused some. That white eyebrow with the white moustache stripe is the key identifiers, with the grey overall colour.
#5 Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk
(7) – Bad light on the photo did not help, but this is how I most often see them early mornings. Difficult to see on the photo, but Rock Kestrel has yellow around the eye where RCS has I distinct orange eye. On rock kestrel the grey head extends down onto the bottom of the head, and RCS only to below the eye
#6 Photo 6 is a good exercise in identifying by giss and then by individual markings. The challenge here is to first see how many different “shapes of birds” there are. All of the species are relatively straightforward and common species:
23 Cattle Egret (
15) of which one is a juvenile
20 Black Heron
(14) (a few hidden behind others)
8 Glossy Ibis
, (13) – Not Bald as the white faces and red crowns would have been visible
8 White Faced Duck
1 Little egret
, (10) The most difficult one to spot – a bit more slender than the cattle and black legs with yellow feet.
1 Yellow-billed stork
1 Blacksmith Lapwing
, (14) – Interesting a number of mentions of almost missing it. I did so myself. So why don’t we “see” them?
1 Red billed Teal