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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby gatita » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:59 pm

:yaya: no scores posted yet :shock: where are you ducklings? :hmz:

full score for me for duck 11 :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:53 am

Very well done Gatita! :clap: :clap:

Yes, I also wonder where all the Ducklings are! I also don't see them at the Bird ID Challenges either! :wall:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:44 am

1 wrong for me - not sure why the chanting goshawks pose such a challenge for me! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby PietSkiet » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:52 am

Got my very first full marks on this one :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sawleha » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:09 am

Hi :) I'm new to birding and to the duckling school ( I've tried 2 of the challenges before) and got my highest score so far :dance: . 2 wrong, but at least I had the species correct :D . Well done Pietskiet, Karin and gatita :clap: and thanks for a great challenge barryels :)

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:21 pm

Here are the results of challenge #11 of 2015.

We had 5 participants and very well done to each and everyone :clap: .

Here are the results:

One ‘mite had a score of 6/8
Two ‘mites had a score of 7/8
Two ‘mites had a full score of 8/8

Here are the answers to the challenge:

#1 Crested Guineafowl: [5] Ad: Thick 'top-knot' of curly black feathers on head diagnostic. Face and upper neck naked, blue-grey with a buffy-grey patch from ear coverts to nape. Lower neck to mantle and upper breast black, tinged dark chestnut (visible in good light). Body, wing and tail feathers with bluish tinge and dense, pale bluish-white spots forming a string on outer vane of dark flight feathers. Outer secondaries pale creamy brown, visible at rest and forming a diagnostic pale band in mid-wing in flight. Bill pale grey-blue, palest towards tip. Eyes crimson. Legs and feet greyish black. Confusing species: Differs from Helmeted Guineafowl in darker appearance, crimson eye, and feathered top-knot (not bony casque). Pale outer secondaries diagnostic in flight.

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#2 Dark Chanting Goshawk: [4] 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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#3 Ashy Tit: [4] Ad: Cap extending through eyes to nape blue-black; hind neck white. White patch extends from base of lower mandible to cheeks and ear coverts. Back bluish grey, rump grey, upper tail coverts greyish black. Tail black, outermost rectrices, and occasionally T5, with white edges; all rectrices tipped white7. Wings grey-black when fresh, browner in worn plumage; flight feathers with narrow white to buff outer edges. Coverts and tertials black, narrowly fringed white. Chin, throat and breast black, colour extending in 'V'-shaped bib down centre of belly; sides of breast and flanks grey. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet grey. Confusing species: Grey Tit has less white on hind neck, back brownish (not bluish grey), and flanks buffy (not grey). Miombo Tit has less extensive black bib, pinkish white (not grey) flanks and pale grey (not white) outer edges to outer rectrices and tail tip.

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#4 Brubru: [5] Ad male: Crown black, colour extending forwards as narrow triangle to base of bill. Supercilia white, broad and long, almost meeting on forehead and extending back to nape. Lores white, with blackish loral spot in front of eye. Ear coverts black, extending back to black nape. Mantle black laterally, buffy white centrally; scapulars white. Back black, with large white spots along midline. Rump feathers with grey bases, large white subterminal patches, and black tips; long and fluffy. Upper tail coverts black. Tail black, outer rectrices tipped white. Primary coverts black, each with large white oval patch along inner web. Greater coverts black, three innermost feathers with broad white to cream outer margins and tips. Median coverts cream to white, lesser coverts black. Primaries black, with narrow white edges; secondaries and tertials black, but 3 inner secondaries with broad white outer margins. White in wing forms conspicuous bar on folded wing. Undersides of flight feathers grey, with white inner margins. Underwing coverts and axillaries white. Underparts white, with chestnut patches from sides of breast to lower flanks. Bill black, hooked; upper mandible with prominent notch. Eyes dark reddish brown. Legs and feet grey. Confusing species: Superficially resembles batises, but latter much smaller, with yellow or orange (not dark) eyes; no batis has such a broad and long supercilium. Black-backed Puffback larger, with underparts wholly white.

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#5 Black-chested Prinia: [4] Ad br: Forehead to nape pale earth-brown. Cheeks and ear coverts greyish white; supercilium and face white, lores speckled black. Remainder of upper parts, incl tail, pale earth-brown. Tail strongly graduated, with central rectrices 24-30 mm longer than outermost; each rectrix with narrow dusky brown subterminal spot. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers pale earth-brown, underwing coverts and axillaries whitish. Chin and throat white; lower breast with broad blackish-brown band. Belly, flanks and undertail coverts pale lemon yellow. Bill black. Eyes brown to yellowish brown. Legs and feet pale brown to pinkish. Ad non-br: As br ad, but paler and more tawny on mantle, back, rump and upper tail coverts. Breast band indistinct or absent. Juv: As non-br ad, but underparts yellower; tail shorter. Confusing species: Tawny-flanked Prinia has rufous edges to wing feathers. Karoo Prinia has spots or streaks on breast and flanks. Drakensberg Prinia has yellow (not white) throat. In Nama-Karoo, occasionally hybridises with Karoo Prinia.

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#6 Fork-tailed Drongo: [5] Ad: Overall black, with purplish sheen. Longish tail deeply forked. In flight, wings pale, almost translucent. Bill black. Eyes red. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Southern Black Flycatcher smaller, with less robust bill lacking hooked tip. Forehead steeper; tail square (not forked), and eyes brown (not red). Larger than Square-tailed Drongo, with less deeply forked tail, and occurs in forest (not open woodland). [Occasional leucism and partial leucism.

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#7 Violet-eared Waxbill: [5] Ad male: Forehead deep blue; crown rich chestnut, grading to paler brown mantle, back, scapulars and greater wing coverts. Cheeks, ear coverts and sides of face violet. Rump feathers deep blue, bases black. Tail black, long and graduated; rectrices (excl outermost) with basal two-thirds edged pale blue. Wings brown to grey-brown. Lores, chin and throat black. Breast, upper belly and flanks rich chestnut; lower belly brownish black. Undertail coverts blackish, tipped deep blue. Bill pale to bright red, with purplish sheen. Eyes reddish orange, becoming pale brown towards extreme periphery; eye ring bright orange-red. Legs and feet dark greyish brown. Ad female: Forehead pale blue; crown and nape brown, grading to pale brown on back and wing coverts. Lores dark grey-brown; cheeks, ear coverts and sides of face violet. Rump feathers pale blue, basal third blackish. Tail as male. Flight feathers grey-brown, edged paler brown. Chin and throat creamy. Breast deep fawn, belly and flanks paler; central lower belly, vent and undertail coverts pale cream. Eye ring pale orange-red. Confusing species: None.

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#8 Long-billed Crombec: [4] Ad: Crown brownish grey, nape slightly buffier. Supercilium whitish to pale tawny. Lores dark grey, colour extending as stripe behind eye. Ear coverts and cheeks pale tawny. Remainder of upper parts, incl tail, brownish grey. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers brownish grey, primaries and secondaries edged paler. Underwings rufous-buff. Chin and throat buffy white, diffusely mottled grey. Remainder of underparts tawny cinnamon, colour most intense on belly and flanks. Bill blackish horn, base pinkish. Eyes pale to mid-brown. Legs and feet pinkish to yellowish brown. Confusing species: Red-faced Crombec is shorter-billed, with darker, more rufous and uniform face (lacking pale supercilium and dark eye stripe).

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:02 pm

Here is challenge #12/2015 for Ducklings who are really interested in birds and birding!

Let's see if we can get 12 participants this week, so that the Raptor Guide can get an owner! :dance:

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No. 2

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No. 3

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No. 4

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No. 5

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No. 6

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No. 7

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No. 8

Enjoy this easy one! :gflower:
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