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Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:44 pm

Wow! There are some very good scores :clap: :clap: Well done everyone :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby rcyza » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:14 pm

I somehow pulled 11/15 out of the hat for this one!

Some of them were really tricky for me so I am really happy with that. Looking forward to the next one from Imax.

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Imax » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:07 pm

Challenge #4/2015

I think its easier than my usual standard. I need to get out and go take some challenge pics :cam:

There are 11 Birds and one bonus question

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#2
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#3
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#4
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#6
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#8
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Bonus Question: What forest bird’s call sounds like it is saying “Pretty Georgie”?

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:23 pm

Challenging enough thank you, Imax :wall: :hmz:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby hilda » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:52 am

Wow! You have all done very well with TrevorC's challenge! Congratulations! :clap: :clap:

Imax! You have remembered! :tongue:

Thank you so much for challenge #4/2015! It definitely does not look easy to me! Really appreciate it! :gflower:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby TrevorC » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:29 pm

Answers to Bird ID Challenge # 3 – 2014

Hi all

Sorry for the delay in posting the answers - been trying to find a few more LBJ’s for my next challenge :tongue:

There were 15 participants and the average score was around 11/15 so a great effort and obviously not too tough :D :D

I won’t go into that much detail for the answers as I have already shared the correct answers with you in most of my PM’s - sorry still a few PM's to send :redface:


1. Cape Weaver Female

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No real problems here and most got it correct – the very long sharp bill compared to other Weavers is the best pointer to this species.

2. African Skimmer & Sanderling

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The Sanderling was the really tough one with only a few of you getting it correct – most opting for Little Stint or Curlew Sandpiper. It was very nasty of me to put this bird next to a Skimmer, as these birds are very rarely found inland, so this vagrant in Chobe was a surprise to find and I could not resist including it :evil: :whistle: I have no doubt if I had posted a photo of the same bird on a beach I am sure all of you would have got it correct :D


3. Shaft-tailed Whydah (non-breeding/transitional male)

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

I thought this would have been a bit harder but just about everyone got it correct – the breeding colors and tail are just starting to appear.

4. Western Banded Snake Eagle

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Again one that I thought would cause some problems but just about everyone got it correct. The single broad white band and broad dark terminal band in the tail are just visible which clinches the ID.


5. White-backed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-headed Vulture and Marabou Storks


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These were fairly easy – the only one that posed a few problems was the very well hidden White-headed Vulture behind the Marabou Stork on the right. The top of the head and the baggy white legs are just visible and a few of you just missed it altogether.

6. Red-billed Spurfowl

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Very easy – just about all got this one. I thought that the juvenile may trick some of you, but you are all way too sharp !! :thumbs_up:

7. Eastern Long-billed Lark

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

This bird caused a few problems with less than half getting it correct – answers ranged from Buffy Pipit to Red & Short Clawed Lark to Karoo Long-billed Lark. The relatively “short” and "less curved "bill (for a Long-billed Lark) and the reddish lightly streaked back and facial pattern were best clues. All the Pipits would appear more delicate with a straighter bill.

8. Common Whitethroat and Yellow-bellied Greenbul

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The Common Whitethroat was surprisingly easy with just about all getting it correct. The Yellowish “blurry” thing in front of it was a nasty one and added just for fun to get to 15 birds, but quite a few of you still got it correct so well done!!

9. Striped Pipit

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This Pipit caused many problems with less than half getting it correct. What made this particular bird very tough was that the streaking on the front was a lot less extensive or bold than you would usually expect to see in this species, and the greenish/yellow in the wing is not really visible in this photo.

10. Yellow-throated Petronia

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Another bird that did not pose any problems and just about all of you got it correct. The Sparrow like look and the nice broad creamy eyebrow were the best pointers.


Thanks to all for taking part – hope you enjoyed it :thumbs_up:

Cheers
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby umtali1 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:09 pm

Enjoy it, I did. Very surprised to get the LBJs correct :dance: . Something must have sunk in along the way :lol:

Thank you TrevorC.

15 participants- brill :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby hilda » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:14 am

Thank you for the answers to challenge #3/2015! Glad you had so many participants, and they have all done well! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Jakkie Human » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:22 pm

I and Gryskopvisvanger meet with Barry and Hilda Saturday morning. It was really nice to meet them, very nice people.

THANK YOU for my wonderful Raptor book, I really appreciate it. :clap:

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Jakkie Human » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:24 pm

Great Umtali with the LBJ's :clap:

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Glasogie » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:59 am

11 and the bonus question for challenge #4 for me.
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:13 am

Great score Glasogie! :clap: :clap: I haven't even started!

You are welcome Jakkie Human! Hope you enjoy the book as much as we do! :gflower:

Remember LBJs made easy up for grabs if there are at least 17 participants for this challenge by Imax! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby TheRealShamwari » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:07 am

Well chuffed with 8/11 and the bonus question correct...once again, learning a lot to...

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby hilda » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:24 am

Well done TheRealShwamwari! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:41 pm

8/11 plus the bonus bird for me! Very pleased because I did it in a hurry.

Thank you Imax for posting the Challenge.
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