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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:42 am 
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to Sky 22. I waited for a couple of Ducklings but if I don't give the answers now it will be to late

1) A Bathawk Dark sooty brown with varying amounts of white below,pale eye-lids and false white eye spots on the napeIn flight has long pointed wings (key feature) and shortish square tail. At rest, wingtips protrude past tail
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2) A Juvenile Black Sparrowhawk Upperparts black , underparts vary from white (most common) to completely black with small white troat patch. Juveniles Two colour phases, rufuos(most common phase) or white.
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3) Blue cheeked Bee-eater
Key id features for this species is the green crown and pale blue to whitish forehead
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4) Brown snake Eagle The largest snake eagle. The dark brown plumage, large yellow owl-like eyes, upright posture and round head is very distinctive' Legs scaled and featherless
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5) Crowned eagle The female is considerable larger than the male and has 2 (not 3 ) narrow bars on the flight feathers. The most powerfull eagle on the continent and with it's large size, dark plumages and blotched and barred underparts it is unlikely to be confused with anyother raptor in the region. The crest (crown) at the back of the head is not often seen held upright
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6) A Dwarf Bittern The Smallest bittern, upper parts greyish black, underparts with broad vertical streaks
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7) Fulvous Whistling duck The golden brown head distinctive; unlikely to be confused with any other duck in the region
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8 ) Golden Pipit A small Pipit with bright yellow underparts and broad black breast band. Superficiallly similar to the larger Yellow-throated Longclaw, but brilliant yellow flight feathers very distinctive
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9) Karoo Korhaan Overall darker than Ruppell's Korhaan and without the black throat stripeand facial markings
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10) A Southern Pied Babbler The all white body with black wings and tail seperates it from the bare-cheeked babbler
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and the BB A Secretary Bird
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1. Bat Hawk
2. Black Sparrowhawk
3. Blue-cheecked Bee-eater
4. Brown Snake-Eagle
5. African Crowned Eagle
6. Dwarf Bittern
7. Fulvous Whistling Duck
8. Golden Pipit
9. Karoo Korhaan
10. Southern Pied Babbler
BB - Secretary Bird

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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[Hi Hatchlings
Here are the answers
The first 2 birds are easily confused
Nr 1 is a Greater Striped Swallow and nr 2 a Lesser Striped Swallow
Robberts and other books all speak of more heavily streaked or less heavily streaked and the comparitive sizes of the birds but if I don't see them both at the same time it actually doesn't help meu much. Johan van Rensburg showed me the feature that helped me most the Greater has pale cheeks and the Lesser rufous cheeks. This takes all the guessing out of it for me
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3) THESE 2 were a Red winged and Pale winged Starling
The Red winged has a dark eye and the Pale winged a orange eye In a sitting position the colour of the wing patches can be confusing
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5) A Three banded Plover

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6) Cape Gannet
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7) Black chested Snake eagle
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8) A White breasted Cormorant
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and a BB an African Scops owl

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1. Greater Striped Swallow
2. Lesser Striped Swallow
3. Red-winged Starling
4. Pale-winged Starling
5. Three-banded Plover
6. Cape Gannet
7. Black-chested Snake-Eagle
8. White-breasted Cormorant
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
The answers to Duck 23
1) A Barn Swallow

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2) Cape Rockjumper
Rich burgundy red underparts and rump very distictive
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3) Collared Pranticole
Upper parts are lighter brown than the black-winged Pranticol. It also has distict white lower eye ring

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4) European Bee-eater
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5) A Marsh Owl
Dark brown above and variable buff, not white facial disc as in tha African Grass-Owl Often seen on fence poles :lol:
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6) Red Chested Cuckoo (juvenile)
Upperparts and throat black, flecked white. Belly barred black and white
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7) Common Redshank - no problems here
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8 ) Southern Banded Snake Eagle - no problems here
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9) White Browed Scrubrobbin - No problems here
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10) White Throated Canary
Diagnistic features are white throat, grey-bown breast, heavy bill and bright yellow rump
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and the BB An Osprey
Long wings and tail, white underparts and brad blackish band through eye
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1. Barn Swallow
2. Cape Rockjumper
3. Collared Pratincole
4. European Bee-eater
5. Marsh Owl
6. Red-chested Cuckoo
7. Common Redshank - Unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet.
8. Southern Banded Snake-Eagle
9. White-browed Scrub-Robin
10. White-throated Canary
BB - Osprey

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings
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Hi Ducklings.
Here are the answers for Duck (Sky) 24.

#1 Ant Eating Chat: The white patch on the wing is the giveaway on this bird. Most of the ‘mites had this one correct.
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#2 Lanner Flacon: Plain under parts is one of the main identification markings.
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#3 Scaly-feathered Finch: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#4 Spotted Eagle-Owl: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#5 Bokmakierie: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#6 African Red-eyed Bulbul: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#7 Pigmy Falcon: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#8 Capped Wheatear: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#9 Tawny Eagle: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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#10 Rock Kestrel: All of the ‘mites had the species correct. The outstanding features of this bird is the under parts that is russet, streaked black.
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BB Crimson-breasted Shrike: No problems to ID this birdie by the ‘mites.
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Well done, Soft Top and Super Mongoose :clap: We'd better watch out............


Maybe something like this :twisted:

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Of course everyone new this is a Rattling Cisticola :lol: :lol:

I heard it sing :dance: :dance: Otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue :redface: :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings. Here are the answers to Sky/Duck 25. Thanks to all of you that participated, it is appreciated :thumbs_up: .

#1 Pale Chanting Goshawk: Upper breast grey, lower breast and belly barred grey on white. Bill basally red, distally dark grey; cere and adjacent bare facial skin red. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet red. None of the ‘mites struggled with this one.
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#2 Spotted Thick-knee: Nobody got this one wrong.
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#3 Yellow Canary. No problem with this canary.
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#4 Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters. Everybody had this one correct.
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#5 Cape Crows. No problem here.
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#6 Montagu’s Harrier: The important facts on this bird is the yellow eyes and legs with a black band on the folded wing.
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#7 Black Headed Heron: The confusing species here is the Grey Heron. Our bird has a black crown and hind neck and the Grey Heron only has a black crown.
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#8 Red-headed Finch: Head bright red, fading to orange when worn. Breast and flanks fawn, spotted with white, each spot outlined with black, giving scalloped appearance. Bill whitish horn. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown.
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#9 Orange River White-Eyes: Sides of breast and flanks tawny buff to peach. Undertail coverts pale yellow. Bill black; eye ring white, narrow (ca 1-2 mm wide). Eyes brown. Legs and feet black.
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#10 Martial Eagle (Juvenile): Crown and nape whitish, streaked dark grey; crest shorter than ad. Underparts whitish, with grey-brown mottling on sides of breast. Cere greenish grey. Eyes dark brown. Feet greenish grey.
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BB Pale-winged Starling: Plumage mostly glossy black, but primaries with outer webs rufous-brown (appearing as rufous edge on folded wing). Eyes bright orange. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Red-winged Starling has dark red (not bright orange) eyes, reddish (not creamy white) wing patch, and longer tail.
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 Post subject: EX-Birding school for ducklings.
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[quote="Sky"]Hi Ducklings and Hatchlings
Sorry I never posted these answers
1 + BB
Crested Francolin - Unmistakable bantam-like build with a broad white eye-stripe makes it easy ti id
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2 Temminck's Courser - This bird gave some ducklings problems - The smallest African Courser. Clese resemblance to Burchell's Courser but with a broader , bolder blackline extending behind the eye and has a rusty brown crown
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3 Water thick-knee - PALE grey wing panel and accompanying white bar seperaters it from the Spotted Thick-knee.Underparts are streaked (not spotted)
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4 Blacksmith Lapwing
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5 Swainson's Spurfowl
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6 Senegal Lapwing - Smaller , more slender and longer legged than the Black-winged Lapwing. Blackish(not pinkish) legs,smaller and more shaply defined white forehead patch,darker grey crown and narrower black breastband
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7 Green Backed Heron
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8 Crowned Lapwing
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9 Natal Spurfowl
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10 Red-crested Korhaan
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Hi Ducklings
My brother gave me Faansie Peacock's book - Chamberlain's LBJ's
This book will help you with your LBJ ids Maybe not after the fact but if you determine what you are likely to find in a spesific area this will most certainly help uo to prepare for your trip

Something from the book
Almost a quarter of Southern Africa's bird species, and half of its endemics, are LBJ;s. All birders experience some degree of trepidation when confronted by Ornithologicum nightmariensis, and this ipotentially confusing group is shunned by most beginners and many experienced birders too. However, LBJs include some of the region's most spectacular, thrilling, interesting, sought-after and memorable birds. This eagerly anticipated new book, four years in the making, will not only help you to confidently identify LBJs, but also understand and enjoy these remarkable birds.


Try www.lbjs.co.za

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Here are the answers to the raptor challenge Sky 27

All birds taken in the Satara area
1 ) Juvenile Bateleur - The Juvenile has uniform brown plumage , cere and facial skin grey-green and a distinctive short tail
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2) Black Chested Snake Eagle Smaller than a Martial Eagle with unspotted white underparts, scaled lower legs, round head and conspicuous large yellow eyes
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3) African Fish Eagle
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4) Secretary Bird
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5) African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene) Largest grey hawk in the area. Head small with yellow face.
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6)Pearl-spotted Owlet
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7) Brown Snake Eagle The largest snake-eagle.The dark brown plumage,large yellow owl-like eyes, upright posture and round head very distinctive
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8 )Hooded Vultures considerably smaller than the white-headed and Lappet-faced vultures. Very slender bill and whitish down on the back of the head distinctive
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9) White headed Vulture A very distinctive vulture with blackish plumage, white crown,pink facial skin, red bill and white leggings. In flight F secondaris conspicously white, M greyish black
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10) Tawny Eagle with Swaison's Spurfowl kill
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11) White backed Vulture Smaller and darker than the Cape Vulture,though plumage bocome paler with age. The characteristic off-white rump and lower back is only visible in flight or whn the wings are spread. Neck dark grey with whitish down.
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12) Lappet-faced Vulture The largest and most dominant of the vulture. Main features are the dark plumage, bare red head with conspicuous skin folds and an enormous yellowish horn coloured bill. In flght underwings are mostly dark with a narrow white bar.
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13) African Goshawk Most similar to the little sparrowhawk, distinguised by larger size,greenish grey (not yellow) cere and lack of white on the rump
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14) African Hawk Eagle Differs from the Ayre's Hawk eagle in that it's breas is less heavilly streaked. In flight the African Hawk Eagle has a broad subterminal tail band where the tailband in the Ayre's eagle is narrow
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Thanks to everyone that participated

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Hi all Ducklings and Hatchlings
Here are the answers to Sky28. I think that if you realized that but for the Stork :redface: :redface: all the others were summer visitors , this challenge became much easier.
1 No problems with the Woodland Kingfisher
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2 The European Roller was also easy
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3 As was the European Bee-eaters
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4 The Carmine Bee-eater gave some problems only because it's usually more colourfull
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And the more difficult ones
5 Lesser Grey Shrike A pale , grey-backed Shrike with a bold black face-mask Tail shorter than the Common Fiscal.
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6 Male Redbacked Shrike A compact short-tailed shrike with chestnut back and wings
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7 Diderick Cuckoo - A small glossy green cuckoo with diagnostic white wing spots and broadly barred green flanks
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8 Jacobin Cuckoo - A medium sized black and white crested cuckoo. Smaller than the Levailant's Cuckoo with no stripes on the throat and breast
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9 Black Stork - This bird gave the most problems and the most answers was Abdims' Stork. I should have posted the wholepic that also showed the adult stork with it's red bill. I didn't show it because it was mostly behind reeds. A large , glossy black stork with a white under belly and undertail Juvenile has olive yellow legs and bill (Abdim's grey-green legs with pink ankles and feet and a blue face )
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10 Red Breasted Swallow - no problems with this one
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11 A Wood Sandpiper - Another problem bird. I also had to confirm my ID on this one. A medium sized sandpiper with a broad pale supercilium extending behind the eye (Green Sandpiper doesn't extend beyond the eye) White spotting along margins of tertials, upperwing coverts and back feathers
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12 No problems with this Red backed Shrike The female has a dark grey-brown mask, Brown chevrons along the flanks
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13 Another bird that gave a lot of problems - Lesser Kestrel FemaleSlim long-tailed and short=legged raptor. In flight it has long slim wings and. Female heavy streaking below
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And the nasty one wasn't so nasty after all Most of you had the correct answer :clap: :clap: :clap:
14 A dusky lark A large thrush-like lark with striking facial pattern
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Hi Ducklings

some off you missed the All pics taken around Satara bit and
satara now has a couple of new birds :lol: :lol:

Thanks to everyone that entered :clap: :clap:

1) A Pied kingfisher - no problems with this bird and everyone had it correct
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2) a grey heron also no problems here
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3) A Burchell's coucal - quite a number of Senegal coucals slipped in. Similar to the Senegal
Coucal but rump and tail coverts finely barred. Distribution overlaps only slightly with the smaller Senegal Coucal. Juv has white eyebrow and streaking on brownish crown

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4) Three-banded Plover Only plover in the region with a double black breast band
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5) Woolly necked Stork - also no problems with this bird The only bird in the region with a black body and a white wolly-looking neck
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6) White-faced Whistling Duck Very distinctive white face, overall dark colour and barred flanks
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7) A Magpie Shrike Striking long graduated tail and black and white plumage distinctive
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8 ) A Southern White-crowned Shrike - No problems here A White crown and dark line through the eye diagnostic. The juvenile has a off-white mottled brown crown
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9) This bird gave a lot of troubles - A Juvenile Redbilled Buffalo Weaver Black plumage with lightly flecked white flanks and primary edges. The Female is more brownish black.
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10) A redbilled oxpexker - One and all had this one
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11) A Black-crowned TchagraThe black , brown and Southern Tchagras also have chestnut wings, long broad white eyebrows and white tips to the outer feathers, but the combination of black crown and greyish underparts are diagnostic
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12) Juvenile green-backed heron - the confusing bird here is the black-backed night Heron Eye colour is a good feature. So is the colour of the legs and bill. BCNH eyes start out light orange, turns dark orange, going red in adulthood. The challenge bird's eye colour in this instance is yellow. Depending on breeding cycle, GBH's eyes only turn orange-red when in full breeding colours. If one carefully considers age and breeding cycle, the eye colour is a diagnostic feature.


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13) A Sabota Lark A medium sized lark with boldly marked head features, white eyebrow that extends well behind the eye, black eye stripe, white cresent below eye and moustachial and malar stripes.
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14) African Pipit The most abundant Pipit in the region. Key features are the conspicuous white outer tai feathers, boldly streaked breast, distinct back streaking on the mantle, yellowish base to the lower mandible and slender upright apearance. The dark malar stripe and bold facial markings also hepl identification
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and a BB :rtm:
15) A Female chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark (Chestnutbacked-Finchlark) - About everyone had this bird correct. Pale chestnut-brown upperparts and light collar that extends round to nape.
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[quote="Sky"]Hi Ducklings
You all did very well in this challenge
1) Carmine Bee-eater
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2) Malachite Kingfisher
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3) Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
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4) African Mourning Dove Could be confused with a Red-eyed Dove but the combination of the red eye-ring and the yellow eye diagnostic (dark red in the Red-eyed Dove)
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5) Emerald Spotted Wooddove
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6) African Grey Hornbill
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7) Burchell's Starling
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8 ) Namaqua Dove - Female
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9) Southern Red-billed Hornbill
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10) Chest-backed Sparrow-Lark - Male
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11) Tawny Eagle
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12) Green Backed Heron
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13) Village Indigobird - The reddish bill and feet diagnostic
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14) Wattled Starling - Non-Breeding Pale whitish Gry with a diagnostic white rump. Wing and tailfeathers black in MaleImage
and the BB A Rattling Cisticola
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Just submitted the answers to Duck 31 with all the explanations and it dissapeared somewhere into the WWW :wall: :wall:
Here are the answers again
Here are my answers to Duck 31:

No. 1 = African Green-Pigeon
No. 2 = African Pied Wagtail
No. 3 = Male Double-banded Sandgrouse
No. 4 = Black-bellied Bustard
No. 5 = Saddle-billed Stork
No. 6 = Female Red-backed Shrike
No. 7 = Male Namaqua Dove
No. 8 = Barn Swallow
No. 9 = Red-capped Lark
No. 10 = Juvenile Tawny-flanked PriniaThis bird gave the most problems Robberts describes the juv. Tinged lemon-yellow below and a yellowish bill Chamberlainns LBJ's as follows Yellower below with a shorter tail, darker eye and bright orange-yellow bill
BB = Dark Chanting Goshawk

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[Hi Ducklings
Answers for for Duck 32

1) African Snipe Bill larger, belly whiter and with less obvious white wing barring than Great Snipe. Has blackish loral and eyestripe
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2) Shelley's Francolin The boldly marked Black border to the white throat and the black spaeckling on the lower breast and belly are the most distinctive features
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3) Common Sandpiper Confusion most likely with Green Sanpiper which lacks distinctive white shoulder crescent. Common Sanpiper is shorter-legged longer-tailed with wing tips falling well short of end of tail. Bill straight and about equal to head length
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4) Crested guinefowl - No problems here
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5) Lemon Dove Cinnamon Dove still sounds much better to me. Pale creamy face distinctive.
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6) Golden Breasted Bunting - no problems here
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7) Square tailed Drongo Smaller than the froked tailed Drongo with a less deeply forked tail.
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8 ) Green Winged Pytilia (Melba Finch) - No problems here
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9) Red-faced Mousebirds
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10) Southern Banded Snake Eagle Upper parts grey-brown, chest brownish. Seperated from the Western banded Snake Eagle by the broadly striped lower chest and belly, overall lighter plumage
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and the BB A leucistic Cape Turtle dove
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to duck 33
Everyone did well in this challenge :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
1) No problems with the Red-billed Quelea
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2) Also no problems with the Yellow crowned Bishop
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3) The Spectacled Weaver gave little problems Sharply pointed black beak, pale yellow eye with black stripe from beak through and behind eye distinctive
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4) The African Hoopoe - no problems
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5) Cardinal Woodpecker - Has conspicously barred back and an overall black black and white appearance and not Green-backed Woodpecker. Golden-tailed Woodpecker is much larger
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6) Chinspot Batis - no problems here
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7) Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Everyone had this one
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8 ) Crowned Cormorant - Almost Everyone had problems with this bird Has a longer crest (If you look carefully you can see it on the pic) and a shorter, less graduated tail than the reed Cormorant The Reed Cormorant is also smaller and is shorter legged
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9) Another problem bird - A Collared Flycatcher Similar in size to the Dusky Flycatcher but with whitish underparts, conspicuous white wing patches and grey-brown upperparts.
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10) A Large billed lark / Thick billed Lark Stocky appearance and thick, heavy bill diagnostic. Boldly streaked blackish above and on breast. Crest raised when in song or alarmed
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Thanks to everyone that entered :thumbs_up:
14 Ducklings entered The most since I've been doing the challenge :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance:

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