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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Merlin11 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:53 pm

Looks like I could do with a Raptor book, got 4/8 but actually really pleased with that :thumbs_up:

Well done Umtali :clap:

Thanks to Barry and Hilda for these quizzes, I know my score doesn't reflect it. It they are helping my bird knowledge :thumbs_up:
Skukuza 16/10/15 to 21/10/15
Lower Sabie 22/10/15 to 24/10/15
Satara 25/10/15 to 29/10/15
Skukuza 30/10/15
Fly Home 31/10/15

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:12 am

Not all that bad Merlin11, 4/8 is 50% which is PASS in my book! :clap: :clap:

Keep on trying! That's the only way we will learn! :gflower:

What do the Ducklings want? Shall we offer another Raptor Guide as a next prize (if it is available), since the Pipits is no longer available? Kindly let us know! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Merlin11 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:03 am

Thanks Hilda, the quizzes are helping my book navigation to improve and ..... We enjoy them :D that's all that is important :thumbs_up:
Skukuza 16/10/15 to 21/10/15
Lower Sabie 22/10/15 to 24/10/15
Satara 25/10/15 to 29/10/15
Skukuza 30/10/15
Fly Home 31/10/15

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:48 am

Morning All,

Here are the results by bird and answers to challenge 21 of 2015.

We had a total of 11 participants for this challenge and I want to thank you all for taking the time from your busy schedules to make effort to participate and learn more about raptors :thumbs_up: .

During the marking of this challenge it became apparent that we need some more raptor challenges to learn what to look for during the ID process :hmz: .

I have included the number of ‘mites who got the ID correct of the total of ‘mites that participated to give us an idea where the main struggles occurred.

1. Whalbergs Eagle: [6/11] Ad dark morph: Head dark brown, crown slightly paler rufous; nuchal crest (sometimes held flattened) distinctive. Body, wings and tail dark brown, upper wing coverts narrowly edged paler brown, contrasting slightly with blackish-brown flight feathers. Bill blackish; cere and large, fleshy gape yellow. Eyes brown. Shaggy leggings brown; toes yellow.

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2. Juvenile Martial Eagle: [8/11] Juv: Crown and nape whitish, streaked dark grey; crest shorter than ad. Upper parts dark grey, feathers edged whitish, forming distinct scaling on mantle and wing coverts when fresh. Tail and flight feathers similar to ad, but barring greyer. Underwing coverts whitish, lightly marked pale grey. Underparts whitish, with grey-brown mottling on sides of breast. Cere greenish grey. Eyes dark brown. Feet greenish grey.

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3. Immature Little Sparrow Hawk: [3/11] Juv: Upper parts brown, feathers tipped buff; upper tail coverts tipped white. Tail dark brown, buff-tipped, with 3-4 darker bars. Underwing coverts lightly spotted blackish. Underparts white; throat sparsely streaked blackish brown. Breast, belly and flanks with large, rounded brown spots. Eyes pale yellow.

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4. Dark Chanting Goshawk: [6/11] Ad: Upper parts, incl head, grey. Upper tail coverts narrowly barred grey and white, central rectrices black, tipped white; remainder of tail broadly barred black and white1. Upper wing coverts grey, feathers with dark shafts. Flight feathers indistinctly barred grey and dark grey; little contrast between primaries and secondaries, but outer primaries broadly tipped blackish. Underwing coverts white, very finely barred grey, contrasting with dark flight feathers. Chin to upper breast grey. Remainder of underparts white, finely barred grey. Bill basally red, distally dark grey; cere and adjacent naked facial skin red. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet red. Confusing species: Pale Chanting Goshawk larger, less compact, and paler grey, with longer legs, whitish upper tail coverts, contrasting primaries and secondaries, and pale grey patch in folded wing.

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5. Armur Falcon: [10/11] Ad female: Forehead and cheeks white. Crown to nape grey. Small malar stripe and mask around eye black. Remainder of upper parts pale grey, with coarse, dark barring. Tail pale grey, with fine darker grey bars and broad subterminal bar. Undersides of flight feathers whitish, with coarse dark grey spotting and/or barring; underwing coverts whitish, with some black markings. Throat white; remainder of underparts whitish, with bold, dark streaking on upper breast, barring on lower breast and belly. Vent pale red-brown. Undertail pale grey, with coarse spotting and/or barring.

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6. Barn Owl: [10/11] No problems here.

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7. Hooded Vulture: [10/11] No problems here.

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8. Shikra: [2/11] This was the bird that gave the most problems. Maybe it is because we are looking for the obvious ID pointers and normally concentrate on the male of the species.
Ad: Head and upper parts to upper tail coverts mid-grey (incl upper wing coverts, which have some white spotting). Flight feathers dark grey. Underparts whitish, throat finely barred grey, breast to belly finely barred reddish brown. Vent and undertail coverts white. Undertail grey, with 5 darker bars. Bill dark grey; cere yellow, bulbous and prominent. Eyes bright red in male, orange in female. Legs and feet yellow. Confusing species: Easily confused with Ovambo and Little Sparrowhawks, and Gabar Goshawk. Differentiated by combination of soft-part coloration, rump, upper tail and underpart patterning. Unbarred central rectrices of ad, and bright red eye of ad male, unique. Juv most similar to juv Gabar Goshawk, but latter has orange, not yellow, cere and legs; head more prominently streaked. Breast with brown streaks (not rust-coloured spots), and fewer tail bars (4-5 vs 6-7).

Also read Here where discussions took place for further ID pointers.

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:59 am

Here is challenge 22 of 2015.

Due to the fact that the main objective of these challenges are to test our ID levels and to learn more, I have decided to compile another raptor challenge for this week.

I hope the birds that I chose is more straight forward and that we can all learn a bit more about these awesome birds.

Enjoy the challenge :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Birding school for ducklings 22/2015

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:16 pm

barryels wrote:Here is challenge 22 of 2015. Due to the fact that the main objective of these challenges are to test our ID levels and to learn more, I have decided to compile another raptor challenge for this week.


Glad it's testing ID Levels and not IQ levels as I would get even less than usual.
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Re: Birding school for ducklings 22/2015

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:53 am

inyanga 1 wrote:
barryels wrote:Here is challenge 22 of 2015

RAPTORS - The SEQUEL

got 100% with no little 'interruptions' around.
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Graeme & Nicky » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:00 pm

Done, dusted and pm fired off.......

Hope for more than our boogey # of correct answers :think:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:16 am

Thanks to everybody who took on challenge 22 of 2015 :thumbs_up: .

Although raptors are not the easiest birds to ID, I could see that everybody gave it their all and learned a lot from the previous challenge when looking at the results :D .

We had 11 participants and everybody did quite well :clap: .

The results were as follows:
8 ‘mites received 8/8
1 ‘mite received 7/8
2 ‘mites received 6/8


1. Shikra: [10]

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2. Armur Falcon: [11]

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3. Kestrel, Dickinson's: [11]

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4. Yellow-billed Kite: [11]

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5. African Crowned Eagle: [10]

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6. African Hawk Eagle: [10]

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7. Lanner Falcon: [10]

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8. Rock Kestrel: [10]

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:33 am

Here is challenge 23 of 2015.

Thought it would be interesting to use some different species in this challenge for us to page through our guides for a change :whistle: .

Enjoy and I am looking forward to at least 16 participants and the owner of a brand new LBJ guide :D .

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga30 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:34 am

Excellent. Looks like fun! Love the photo for number 3!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:37 am

Here is the next guide to be won in a lucky draw for 15 or more participants Ducklings:

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