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Thanks Micetta
I thought nr 3 would give more problems than the LBJ :hmz: :hmz:
10/10 + BB for me :dance: :dance: :dance:
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The early bird catches the worm Micettatjie! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I don't think I will have time to post Duck 52 on Monday, because there are still tons to do before we leave for Kruger on Wednesday morning :thumbs_up: .

Here is Duck 52. Please still send in your answers to me. I will set time aside to PM the answers.

Thanks again to imax for the photos :D

#1 Spitskop Dam, Northern Cape

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#2 Randburg, Gauteng

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#3 3Hoedspruit, Limpopo

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#4 Mokala National Park

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#5 Mokala National Park

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#6 Hekpoort, Gauteng

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#7 Hekpoort, Gauteng
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#8 Hekpoort, Gauteng

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#9 Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

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#10 Clocolan, Freestate

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BB Clocolan, Freestate

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The early bird catches the worm Micettatjie! :lol: :lol: :lol:


Just as long as you don't turn out to be the worm :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

A lot of night owls around I see

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I was a night owl ever since I was born Sky! Sleep is not one of my hobbies! :lol: :lol:

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Thanks to everyone who participated. It is really appreciated :thumbs_up: .

We had 9 participants this week, because some of us are enjoying Kruger at the moment :roll: .

Results were as follows:

One had 5.5/10 plus the BB
One had 7/10 plus the BB
One had 8/10 plus the BB
One had 8.5 plus the BB
One had 9/10 missed the BB
One had 9/10 plus the BB
Two had 9.5/10 plus the BB
One had 10/10 and the BB

Seems that birdie no 10 had us fooled this week :tongue: .

#1 Yellow Canary: [5] Ad male:
Forehead, supercilium and cheeks rich yellow; crown bright olive green, flecked with dusky brown. Band of olive-khaki through eye widens over ear coverts onto side of neck and nape. Narrow olive-green malar stripe below yellow cheek also joins olive-khaki side of neck. Nape, neck and mantle bright olive green, flecked dusky brown; back olive-khaki. Rump and upper tail coverts greenish yellow. Tail dusky brown, outer webs of rectrices edged lime green, inner webs edged pale straw yellow. Greater and median coverts dusky brown, edged pale olive green; lesser coverts dusky brown, broadly fringed with pale olive green. Flight feathers dusky brown, faintly edged straw yellow. Underwing coverts pale grey, fringed lemon yellow. Underparts rich yellow, breast with greenish wash, flanks with grey wash. Bill horn, base pinkish. Eyes brown. Legs and feet dark pinkish brown. Ad female: As ad male, but much duller; crown pale greyish olive, heavily streaked with dusky brown. Lores, ear coverts and malar stripe greyish olive, contrasting with buffy-white supercilium and lower cheeks. Nape and neck pale greyish olive, shading to greyish olive-khaki on back; heavily streaked dusky brown. Rump and upper tail coverts yellowish olive. Lesser wing coverts dusky brown, with broad olive-green margins. Chin buffy white. Throat, breast and flanks buffy white, heavily marked with dusky brown; belly buffier, with fewer markings. Undertail coverts buffy white, sometimes tinged olive. Juv: As ad female, but more heavily marked above and streaked below. Confusing species: Yellow-fronted Canary is smaller, with much more brightly contrasting yellow rump, less green upper parts, duller yellow underparts and distinctive white tips to rectrices. Head markings neater and more defined, hind crown and nape usually with grey wash. Brimstone Canary larger, with heavier bill and green (not yellow) forehead; overall more greenish yellow. White-throated Canary larger, with much heavier, 2-toned bill; less streaked than female Yellow Canary, with only a faint malar stripe, and more contrasting yellow-green rump (lacks any green on remainder of upper parts).

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#2 Black-chested Prinia: [8] 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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#3 Short-toed Rock-thrush: [8] Ad male:
Crown and superciliary area whitish; remainder of head blue-grey, ear coverts slightly darker. Mantle and back blue-grey. Rump and upper tail coverts rich rufous-orange. Tail with central rectrices black; remainder bright orange, with small black patch at tip of outer web. Upper wing coverts blackish brown, broadly edged blue-grey; lesser coverts blue-grey. Flight feathers blackish brown, P5-P8 emarginated, narrowly edged blue-grey from base to emargination point; inner primaries narrowly tipped whitish. Secondaries edged blue-grey, tipped whitish. Tertials broadly edged blue-grey, tipped buff. Axillaries and underwing coverts orange. Throat and upper breast blue-grey. Remainder of underparts rufous-orange; undertail orange. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet black. Ad female: Upper parts plain greyish brown; tail as male. Throat white, mottled brown; remainder of underparts rich rufous. Juv: Both sexes with upper parts spotted buff and black. Mantle of male blue-grey, female dull brown. Underparts of both sexes mostly buffy, throats and breasts scalloped brown; female with small crescents on upper belly, male more extensively scalloped below. Confusing species: Male Cape Rock-Thrush has crown blue-grey (not whitish) and mantle dark brown and rufous (not blue-grey). Female has upper parts streaked (not plain), white of throat less extensive. Male Sentinel Rock-Thrush has blue-grey crown and more extensive blue-grey on breast. Female has upper breast whitish, mottled brown (not plain rufous)

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#4 Rufous-eared Warbler: [9] Ad:
Upper parts, incl upper wing coverts, buffy grey, streaked black. Supercilium whitish; lores, face and ear coverts bright brick red. Tail buffy brown, long, slender, and graduated; outer 3 pairs of rectrices with buffy edges to outer webs. Flight feathers dark brown, outer webs edged russet. Underwing coverts and axillaries pale buff. Underparts white to off-white, washed buff on flanks; lower throat with narrow black collar. Undertail coverts with dark streaks. Bill black; inside of mouth black in male. Eyes reddish hazel. Legs and feet pinkish. Juv: As ad, but rufous face patch indistinct, black collar indistinct or absent; tail shorter. Confusing species: None.

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#5 Northern Black Korhaan: [8] Ad male:
Head black, apart from white cheek patch and brown crown, finely barred and edged white. White collar across mantle extends onto sides of upper breast; remainder of upper parts barred buff-brown and black (bars of equal width). Greater, median and outer lesser coverts white, forming conspicuous edge to folded wing; in flight, together with white bases to primaries, form conspicuous bar across wing. Secondaries blackish. Underwing blackish, primaries with prominent white bases. Neck and underparts black. Bill coral-red, with grey tip and pale horn subterminal bar. Eyes brown; eye ring red. Legs bright yellow. Ad female: As ad male, but head, neck and breast buff-brown, crown and neck barred black. Lacks white mantle collar. Black of underparts confined to belly. Juv: As ad female, but remiges, and back and crown feathers tipped pale. Captive males till in juv plumage at 6 mo; black appears on neck at 7 mo. Confusing species: Southern Black Korhaan slightly larger, with all-black primaries, darker brown crown, and brown bars on upper parts narrower than black bars. Red-crested Korhaan differs from female in having black-and-white chevrons on upper parts, duller legs, no white in primaries. Male Black-bellied Bustard has longer neck and legs, black line down foreneck, mottled upper parts, paler legs, and white in wing much more extensive. Hybridises with Southern Black Korhaan in Great Fish R valley, E Cape. [Leucistic male recorded, with light brown wash on mantle and scapulars, and black loral stripe; bill and legs pinkish red.]

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#6 Pririt Batis Fem: [7] Ad female:
Upper parts as male, but crown with olivaceous tinge; supercilium less distinct. Chin, throat, lower sides of neck, and breast pale orange, shading to white on belly and greyish white on flanks. Imm: As female, but buffy orange breast mottled black, becoming black (male) or buffy orange (female). Confusing species: Male Chinspot Batis has flanks plain white (not flecked or barred grey) and slightly darker crown.

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#7 African Cuckoo: [7] Ad male:
Upper parts dark ashy grey. Tail blackish, tipped white. Rectrices edged grey, with white spots along shafts. Outer 3 pairs with white spots along edges. Wings ashy grey above. Underwing ashy grey, primaries with broad whitish bars, secondaries with narrower whitish bars. Chin to upper breast ashy grey, belly and undertail coverts white, narrowly barred black. Undertail blackish, with broad whitish bars on proximal half, narrower bars distally. Bill blackish, upper mandible yellow at base, lower mandible mostly yellow, with black tip. Eyes and eye ring yellow. Legs and feet yellow or yellow-orange. Confusing species: Very similar to Common Cuckoo, but differs in having a broader, deeper bill, yellow at base, and broader whitish bars on underwing and undertail. Call distinctive (Common Cuckoo silent in s Africa). Moult aids identification. In Oct-Nov, African Cuckoo in fresh plumage, Common Cuckoo worn. Situation reversed Mar-Apr. Juv differs from juv Common Cuckoo in lacking tan or brown in plumage and having broader white spots on outer webs of rectrices.

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#8 Wattled Starling: [9] Ad male br:
Forehead, crown, chin and throat bare and black, hind crown and region of ear coverts yellow. 1 or 2 small wattles may develop on black areas on top of head, and paired, pendulous wattles (black) grow from throat; latter may be fused to form single dewlap. Some retain head feathers and lack wattles. Remainder of upper parts pale grey; rump and upper tail coverts white. Tail short; rectrices black, with bronzy sheen. Primaries and secondaries black, with bronzy sheen. Some or all wing coverts white; individually variable, partly age-dependent. Flight feathers silvery grey below; axillaries and underwing coverts greyish brown, edged white. Underparts pale grey, fading to off-white on belly, flanks and undertail coverts. Base of bill to nostrils black, remainder of bill yellowish. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pale brown. Confusing species: Juv Common Starling has dark (not pale) bill and brownish-grey (not white) rump and upper tail coverts.

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#9 Common Scimitarbill: [7] Ad male:
Plumage mainly dark and iridescent. Crown and face deep blue, mantle and rump violet. Tail long and graduated, with outer rectrices shortest, sometimes with subterminal white spots on outer web. Wing coverts deep blue, sometimes tinged violet. Primaries, secondaries and tertials deep blue. Primaries with white bar or spot on inner web, sometimes also on outer web, forming white wing bar visible in flight but not always at rest. Chin, throat, breast and belly black, feathers tinged blue, some on throat and breast tinged violet. Bill dark horn or black, long and slender, strongly decurved along entire length. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Black-billed juvs of larger Green and Violet Wood-Hoopoes have similar plumage coloration, with white wing and tail patches, and similarly graduated tails. However, very slender, strongly decurved bill of Common Scimitarbill diagnostic at all ages.

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#10 Large-billed Lark: [2] Ad:
Supercilium whitish, fairly broad; eye stripe dark brown, indistinct. Cheeks and ear coverts whitish, finely speckled rufous-brown. Remainder of upper parts mainly dark rufous-brown, feathers with dark brown central streaks. Nape greyish, largely unstreaked, contrasting with rufous-brown crown and mantle. Rump and upper tail coverts less heavily streaked than crown and mantle. Tail dark brown, central pair of rectrices with broad rufous-brown margins, remainder with narrow buffy outer margins. Scapulars and tertials dark brown, with rufous-brown edges; wing coverts rufous-brown, with dark brown central streaks. Flight feathers dark brown, secondaries narrowly edged rufous-brown. Underwing buffy, coverts lightly streaked brown. Whitish throat extends as pale 'C' around rear of ear coverts. Remainder of underparts whitish, narrowly streaked dark brown on breast, variably extending onto flanks. Bill blackish horn, slightly paler at base; fairly long and strongly decurved. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown. Confusing species: Range abuts all other long-billed larks. Cape Long-billed Lark slightly larger, with heavily streaked plumage. Upper parts grey-brown. Underpart streaking extends across flanks to undertail coverts. Agulhas Long-billed Lark smaller, with shorter bill and tail; upper parts buffy brown, more heavily streaked. Underpart streaking extends across flanks to undertail coverts. Eastern Long-billed Lark smaller and, in area of overlap, upper- and underparts redder and less streaked; lacks greyish nape contrasting with rufous-brown upper parts. Separation from Benguela Long-billed Lark based on genetic evidence; no distinctive morphological characters known, but southern birds av smaller and more streaked than northern populations of Karoo Long-billed Lark.

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BB Marsh Owl: [8] Ad:
Facial disc pale buff or grey, with dark rim and eye linings. 'Ear tufts' short and centrally placed. Upper parts dark brown, with fine buff vermiculations. Flight feathers dark brown, with white tips to secondaries, and pale buff bars, especially on primaries, forming pale window at wing tip. Upper breast plain brown, grading into pale buff with fine brown bars on mid breast to belly; vent plain white. Bill, cere and eyes dark brown to black. Legs feathered pale buff; feet dark brown, with blackish-horn claws. Confusing species: African Grass-Owl (often sympatric) has much paler, heart-shaped facial disc. Underparts buffy, with small, irregular dark spots; lacks small 'ear tufts'

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