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:oops: Only 7/9 +BB eggs. :redface: :redface: :redface:

Let me know when you've grown those angelic wings!!!!!! :D :D

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For number 1# I just missed that canary...also got it as the brimstone. :D
Now onto the next one...


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Full marks for me, yeah! :D


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Hi Ducklings i've tried to post more than once but the signal drops and nothing is sent.
Will try again later or tomorrow

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
Let's try again.
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So nice and easy :evil:
Enjoy the :rtm: :rtm: :rtm:
All the lazy regulars Please send me some answers :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers for 201402
The BB first
The eggs belongs to the spotted thicknee in pic nr 34. The eggs have hattched in the mean time , but the little ones are hiding . If you said thicknee for the answer I can't see the differnce in their eggs.

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1) Black Crake Unmistakable with jet-black body, lemon yellow bill and bright red legs.
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2) Senegal Lapwings Smaller, more slender and longer-legged than Black-winged Lapwing. Other distinguishing features are the blackish (not pinkish) legs, smaller, more sharply defined white forehead patch, darker grey crown, and narrower black breast band. In good light, an iridescent green sheen can be seen on the upperparts. Eyes orange-yellow with yellow or dull reddish purple eye ring
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3) A Spotted ThickneeOverall spotted appearance, and large yellow eyes distinctive. Likely only to be confused with Water Thick-knee, but lacks greyish wing panel and thin white wing bar
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4) In this pic one can see the difference between a lesser and larger flamingo
The bird on the left the Lesser Flamingo
Smaller, usually richer pink in colour, and with a maroon (not light pink) bill
And on the right the Greater Flamingo
Larger and whiter than Lesser Flamingo, with pale pinkish or mauve coloured, black tipped bill
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5) A Crested GuineafowlUnmistakable with thick crest of curly black feathers on crown. Pale outer secondaries show as a narrow white stripe in flight. Crimson eye and black neck distinctive
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6) a Crowned LapwingSandy brown upperparts, bright red bill and legs, and distinctive head pattern unlike any other Vanellus plover. Legs and bill duller, more pinkish red in non-br season
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7) a Ruff
Has distinctive scaling or scalloped upperparts, thickset appearance and shortish, dark stout bill (pink to orange-red in br). Legs orange coloured, though this sometimes varies in shades of yellow, pink, vermilion or brown. Birds with bright orange/red legs could be mistaken for Common Redshank but lack streaked underparts, and in flight the white secondaries. A small proportion of ♂'s are whitish on head, upperparts and breast.
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a Water Thicknee Pale grey wing panel and accompanying narrow white bar separates it from similar Spotted Thick-knee. Upperparts are streaked (not spotted). In flight, pale (grey) wing panel is conspicuous
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Thanks Sky! Full marks! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Welldone Jaytea!
Full marks for me too :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
Time for 201404

All of these pics taken on freshly cut hayfields in Bethal Mpumalanga
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Lovely pics :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to 201403
1) A Juvenile African Jacana
Adults distinctive with chestnut plumage and pale blue bill and frontal shield. Juv. Key features are the light grey bill, small grey frontal shield, and the dark brown crown and hind neck. Easily confused with adult Lesser Jacana, but is larger, has a light grey frontal shield (rufous forecrown in adult Lesser Jacana), and in flight, both adult and juvenile show no white trailing edge of secondaries. Black line through eye bolder
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2)A Grey Heron
The white head and hind neck, with black eyebrow and plumes separates it from Black-headed Heron that has a black crown and hind neck. In flight the entire underwing appears uniform dark grey. The bill becomes bright orange and legs bright pinkish red at onset of breeding. Juv. Paler grey body, with grey on forehead and crown. Separated from juv Black-headed Heron by white ear coverts and yellowish, not black legs
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3) a Levaillant's Cuckoo (Gestreepte Nuwejaarsvoël)
Larger than Jacobin Cuckoo; throat and breast light to heavily streaked
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4) a Grey-heade Bush-shrike
The largest of the 'yellow' shrikes in the region. Separable from much smaller Orange-breasted Bushshrike by enormous bill, yellow (not dark) eye and grey (not yellow) forehead and eyebrow. Juv. Head mottled brown and grey, underparts with only a few orange feathers and eyes brown becoming grey or whitish
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5) A Steppe Buzzard
The most abundant pipit in the region, being the standard against which other pipits are compared. Key features are the conspicuous white outer tail feathers, boldly streaked breast, distinct back streaking on the mantle, yellowish base to the lower mandible and slender upright appearance. The dark malar stripe and bold facial markings also help identification.
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6) An African Pipit (Gewone koester) I put this bird in because it's the one LBJ you will most likely see.
The most abundant pipit in the region, being the standard against which other pipits are compared. Key features are the conspicuous white outer tail feathers, boldly streaked breast, distinct back streaking on the mantle, yellowish base to the lower mandible and slender upright appearance. The dark malar stripe and bold facial markings also help identification.
DISTRIBUTION: Breeds e Europe and Siberia east to 96°E; non-br grounds in s Europe and sub-Saharan Africa (mainly e, c and s Africa) and sw Asia13. In s Africa, widespread in north and east and along south coast to W Cape; patchy in drier west1.

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7)A Striped Pipit (Gestreepte Koester)
Heavily streaked breast, and from close, yellow edges to folded wing are key features. Is larger, longer billed and has a more prominent eyebrow than Tree Pipit
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8) An Orange River White-eye
The most distinctive of the 3 white-eyes in the region with peach-coloured or tawny-buff (not olive-green) flanks.
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10) A Malachite Kingfishr (Kuifkopvisvanger)
A common waters-edge species. The key distinguishing feature is the blue crown plumage that extends down to the eye. Juv. Bill initially black, becoming red. Separated from juv African Pygmy by the blue crown that extends to the eye (as with the ad
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks Micetta

It's not easy to always find pic's that one can use for these challenges

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That's what I'm trying if my internet connection allows it :wall: :wall: :wall:

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