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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
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Probably another hard one coming up from Johan van Rensburg!!!!


You betcha! The rust and cobwebs accumulated over the hols must be rectified :twisted:


I was worried about this :wall: :wall: :wall: :think: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well, answers are in for Imax's challenge. :pray: :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I must find time tomorrow :rtm:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Glasogie wrote:
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I hope Pic # 6 is now showing :hmz:


Hi-Imax,

I've apologize for my previous submission on 26/1/2014 that was incorrect as I only identified 5 instead of 8 bird on number 6.
It seem my apology did not reached you.
I've re-submitted again today.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Thanks
Glasogie.


no worries glasogie. I only have the updated submission in my inbox, and you should have your correct score :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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10/13 for #3. ID'd all birds in the big picture correctly ! :D :D :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very well done Umtali1! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Umtali :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very well done Umtali :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Just submitted mine, yikes!


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Same as Umtali 10/13 and all the "cocktail Birds" right, but three of 5 wrong :slap: All those stripes.......... :doh: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Micetta. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Same for me, 10/13 for #3/2014. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:25 am 
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Me too - 10/13 for #3!

Look forward to seeing the correct answers.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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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, (15)
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, (14)
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 (12)
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Hilda and Hippotragus.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Award: Birder of the Year (2012)
This is my first challenge for the year. I had lots of time over the hols to search for stuff that will test you…

Bird #1

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Bird #2

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Bird #3

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Bird #4

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You can earn ½ point each for naming two species’ nests that can be seen in this image!

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 (An easy one just to help get the scores up a bit…)

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There are some sneaky shots here, but the careful and observant ‘mites will not have too much trouble in completing the quest successfully…

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