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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon May 11, 2015 8:53 am

Good morning Ducklings!

Here is Duckling Challenge #15/2015. Really not difficult, and I am looking forward to at least 12 entries to give the Raptor Guide away! :dance: :dance:

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Enjoy!
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Tue May 12, 2015 7:58 am

I am sad to have missed this one as it included one of my favourite birdies - Fiscal Flycatcher. :(
Can't believe how quickly time went this week.

But I will be back this week to participate! Can't wait!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Thu May 14, 2015 6:05 pm

Time to see if all your schooling here paid off? Why not try and see how you do in...

Bird ID Challenge #10/2015
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


13 Dec 2015 - Nossob
14-15 Dec 2015 - Grootkolk
16 Dec 2015 - Nossob
17-18 Dec 2015 - Mata Mata
19 Dec 2015 - Twee Rivieren

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Sat May 16, 2015 8:47 am

Bushbuddies wrote:Time to see if all your schooling here paid off? Why not try and see how you do in...

Bird ID Challenge #10/2015

Excellent idea, Bushbuddies :thumbs_up:

6/8 for # 15. Pleased with that. :D Puzzled by two of them :hmz: :wall:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga30 » Sat May 16, 2015 4:47 pm

Thank you Hilda for a lovely challenge. 7/8 for me and Inyanga30 Jr.
Well done to everyone else for their scores. :P

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Sun May 17, 2015 6:08 am

Very well done umtali1 and inyanga30! :clap: :clap:

I need six more entries for the Raptor Guide to be won, and looking at these answers, most of you need that guide! :tongue:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sun May 17, 2015 11:31 am

hilda wrote: and looking at these answers, most of you need that guide! :tongue:



:tongue: :tongue: right back at you!

But yes, that book would sure come in handy!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon May 18, 2015 10:29 am

Karin Mitton wrote: right back at you!


:lol: :lol: What's more, I have the Raptor Guide! In fact I have two, because the Ducklings don't want to win it! :thumbs_up:

Hi Ducklings,

Sorry I'm late, but I have extended the time with two hours to give our last participant his well deserved 2nd chance, like all of you had.

We had 8 participants in this challenge. The scores were as follows (mostly 2nd scores):

Two 'mites scored 8/8
Three 'mites scored 7/8
One 'mite scored 6/8
One 'mite scored 5/8
One 'mite scored 4/8

Here are the answers to Duckling Challenge #15/2015:

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No. 1 = Karoo Long-billed Lark

Sexes Alike, ♂ > ♀ and bill considerably longer. Colour and size varies considerably across range. Greyish nape contrasts with rest of rufous-brown upperparts. Darker and more streaked above than Eastern Long-billed Lark. Streaking on underparts does not extend onto flanks and undertail. Northern populations slightly larger and less streaked than nearby populations of Benguela Long-billed Lark.
Juv. Browner above with buff tips to feathers.
Status The most common long-billed lark, endemic, solitary and found singly or in pairs. Habitat Semi-arid shrublands, and grassy shrublands.
Food Mainly insects and seeds.
Call A loud descending whistle peeeuuuu, preceded by soft whi (heard only from close).
Br. Monogamous. Cup nest placed at base of shrub or stone.

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No. 2 = Osprey

Sexes Similar, ♀ heavier and with bolder breast streaking. The long wings and tail, gull-like flight action, white underparts and broad blackish band through the eye, and yellow eyes distinguishes it from juv African Fish Eagle (which lacks a black face mask).
Juv. Paler than adults, with white edges to dark upperparts.
Status Mostly an uncommon non-br Palaearctic migrant; arrive Aug-Sept and depart by May with some over-winter records (mostly juvs).
Habitat Aquatic, especially estuaries and lagoons; also inland lakes.
Food Almost entirely fish.
Call Melodious whistle but usually silent in s Africa.
Br. Monogamous; only 2 historical nest records in this region.

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No. 3 = Rufous-eared Warbler

Sexes Similar, ♂ with brighter 'ear' patch and more prominent throat band. Confusion with other species unlikely.
Juv. Similar to ad but black collar indistinct.
Status Common endemic, generally sedentary and in pairs or small family parties.
Habitat Arid and semi-arid shrublands.
Food Insectivorous, also small fruit. Call Monotonous and rapid tee-tee-tee…
Br. Monogamous and opportunistic after rain. Oval nest close to ground.

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No. 4 = Grey-headed Parrot

Sexes Similar, ♀ sometimes with small patch of orange on forecrown. Very similar to Cape Parrot but with grey (not olive-brown) head, and no overlap in distribution. Much smaller Meyer's and Brown-headed parrots have yellow (not red) shoulder and underwing patches.
Juv. Head paler grey, both sexes with orange-red on forehead, lost by ♂ at 6-8 months.
Status Widespread but uncommon resident, nomadic in non-br season in search of food. Habitat Riparian and lowland woodland, usually with Baobab trees present.
Food Primarily kernels of unripe fruit such as Marula, Nyala-tree, corkwoods (Commiphora), and terminalias or cluster-leaf trees (Terminalia); also fruit flesh.
Call Loud and raucous tzu-weee call notes.
Br. Monogamous. Nests high in tree cavities.

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No. 5 = Sub-adult Spurwinged Goose

The largest goose-like duck in the region. Could be confused with much smaller Knob-billed Duck in flight but white on forewing and underwing conspicuous.
Sexes ♂ > ♀. M. Red facial skin more prominent and extends beyond eye. F. Similar to ♂ but duller and facial skin less extensive.
Juv. Browner than ad and without red facial skin.
Status Common resident forming large flocks in non-br season.
Habitat Large inland waters, dams, floodplains and adjacent cultivated lands.
Food Mainly plant material, especially grass shoots, aquatic plants, and seeds.
Call A weak high-pitched cherwit mostly in flight.
Br. Monogamous; usually nests in dense cover near water.

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No. 6 = Lesser Spotted Eagle

Sexes Alike, ♀ > ♂. Overall brownish colour, similar to larger Steppe Eagle and smaller Wahlberg's Eagle. Smaller and weaker billed than Tawny Eagle. When perched, best identified by 'stove-pipe' lower leggings (not as baggy as in smaller Wahlberg's Eagle) and yellowish eyes. Head shape distinctive with long loose (floppy) nape feathers. In flight, tail shortish and rounded, and base of primaries white giving a distinct window appearance from above. From below, wing coverts usually paler than dark flight feathers.
Juv. Upperwing coverts flecked white, nape streaked buff or rufous, eyes brown. In flight from above; white crescent at base of tail, and narrow white line separating flight feathers from wing coverts. From below, white underwing line not as bold as in Steppe Eagle.
Status Generally an uncommon and localised non-br Palaearctic migrant; gregarious. Present Oct-Mar.
Habitat Open woodland.
Food Termites (flocks with Steppe Eagles at alate emergences); also nestlings, rodents and frogs.

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No. 7 = Lizard Buzzard

Sexes Alike, ♀ > ♂. Most similar to Gabar Goshawk but stockier in appearance, but black throat stripe through white chin diagnostic. Single white tail band conspicuous in flight (recorded with double tail band, but uncommon).
Juv. Upperparts have pale brown wash, cere and feet paler than those of adult.
Status Uncommon to locally common resident, largely sedentary but tends to move to drier open woodland in the winter months. Usually found singly.
Habitat Savanna woodland, especially broad-leaved woodland such as miombo (Brachystegia). Food Mainly lizards, small snakes, rodents, frogs and invertebrates.
Call Main call a loud and distinctive kli-ooo-kluklukluklu.
Br. Monogamous. Stick nest built by both adults, usually 6-10 m high in main fork of tree.

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No. 8 = Black-browed Albatros

Sexes Alike, ♂ > ♀.Wingspan 2.1-2.5 m. Combination of yellow-orange bill (orange-red tip) and broad black margins to underwing distinctive. Prominent blackish eyebrow more sharply defined behind eye; central white underwing stripe variable, according to age.
Juv. Like ad; underwing darker, bill grey with black tip and has grey collar.
Status Common, especially in s and w coasts where it is the most abundant albatross in the winter months; large numbers aggregate at fishing vessels. Less common further north, especially on the e coast (mainly winter). Listed as Near-threatened primarily due to longline fishing mortalities
Habitat Open ocean, particularly at shelf break and more common over inshore waters than other albatrosses.
Food Mainly crustaceans, fish and squid; also fishery discards.
Call Groans and croaks at food sources.

Thank you all for taking part in this challenge! You have all done very well! :gflower:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon May 18, 2015 11:08 am

Dear Ducklings,

Here is Duckling Challenge #16/2015! Really easy this time around, I promise you! :dance: :dance:

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Please get all your friends and family to participate so that we could at least get 12 or more 'mites to take part! I really want to give that guide away! :gflower:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Mon May 18, 2015 12:26 pm

Thank you for the answers to #15, Hilda :gflower:
I see we have a new challenge. You really are keeping our grey cells working with this lot :big_eyes: :wall: :think:

Thanks, all the same :k
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon May 18, 2015 3:16 pm

Glad I am not the only one who had a 2nd go at the answers!
Looking forward to seeing if I will get the elusive 8/8 with this challenge!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Tue May 19, 2015 5:21 am

No Karin, you were not. I'm trying to be fair to all, although not all used the 2nd chance, due to time constraints or because they were on their way on holiday somewhere far away! :lol:

This challenge is really easy! You should all get 100%! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby jaytea » Tue May 19, 2015 6:12 am

Sorry I missed the last challenge!!! A long weekend here and my timing was all off!!! I will endeavour to get this next one done - but not sure about the 100% :hmz:
Wishing I was back at KNP…..
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri May 22, 2015 2:26 pm

hilda wrote:No Karin, you were not. I'm trying to be fair to all, although not all used the 2nd chance, due to time constraints or because they were on their way on holiday somewhere far away! :lol:

This challenge is really easy! You should all get 100%! :dance: :dance:

:wall: :wall: :wall: Really easy :wall: :hmz: It's hard.......or else I'm looking in the wrong books :doh: I need that Raptor book............HELP :big_eyes:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Sat May 23, 2015 5:38 am

Saturday morning, and not even one entry so far? :hmz:
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