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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:14 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:1 and 6 looks interesting. Will have a look tonight and give it a try.
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Tessa G » Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:26 pm

6/8 :dance:
Will go back and see if I can identify those other 2

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:42 pm

Almost ready with my answers - but at this stage no idea what no 1 is, and taking a real guess on 6.
Maybe the fact that I tried to figure this out when I was really tired had an impact - will continue with my investigation though!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:43 am

Saturday morning .... so far only four participants (and Karin Mitton is on her way to submit), which is a disappointing number of participants. Where are all the Ducklings? :imsmilin:

Twelve participants will ensure a winner for the Raptor Guide! I can assure you this is a lovely guide, and anyone interested in birds will be happy to own a copy. :wink:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby PietSkiet » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:11 am

Definitely not running away after 1 week :D :D

Just about ready with my answers :thumbs_up:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby jaytea » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:10 am

over the moon with 8/8 on that one - Phew! Some lucky guesses!!!
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:29 am

Congratulations jaytea! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:49 am

Thank you to everybody for participating in challenge #7 of 2015 :thumbs_up: . It is such a pleasure to read all the comments in the PM’s and sees the reactions when the results are sending back :D .

Here are the results with some info on ID pointers for future reference. The two birds that gave the most problems this week were no’s 6 and 8.

We had 9 participants for this challenge, only 3 away from qualifying for the book lucky draw :doh: .

4 'Mites had 100%;
3 'Mites had 6/8; and
2 'Mites had 5/8

The figure in blue brackets is an indication of which bird gave us some problems to ID.

#1 Lark, Red-capped: [7] Ad: Crown rufous, with fairly short, erectile hind-crown crest. Lores white, merging with whitish supercilium; narrow black eye stripe extends above ear coverts behind eye. Ear coverts whitish, finely streaked brown, darkest towards rear. Nape and hind neck sandy brown to mid-brown (pale grey-brown in some areas); sides of neck brown, with whitish streaks. Mantle sandy brown to mid-brown, finely streaked darker brown; back similar, but more heavily marked. Rump reddish brown, upper tail coverts rufous. Tail dark brown, outer pair of rectrices with white outer webs, next pair with narrow whitish outer edge, central pair with buffy margins. Flight feathers dark brown, outer primary with buffy-white outer web, remainder with narrow, paler brown outer edges. Scapulars, greater and median upper wing coverts and elongated tertials brown, with rufous-buff margins; lesser upper wing coverts sandy brown, with darker centres. Underwing coverts and axillaries pale brown. Foreneck brown, with whitish streaks. Remainder of underparts white, sides of breast with prominent rufous patches, sometimes almost meeting in centre; flanks with variable amount of brown or rufous. Bill black; small, fairly slender. Eyes brown. Legs and feet dark brown to black.

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#2 Wagtail, Cape: [9] Ad: Upper parts and face olive-grey, with creamy-white supercilium and narrow crescent under eye. Tail dark grey-brown. Outermost 2 rectrices white (T5 often blackish along inner web), T3-T4 usually with white outer webs and tips; T1 with paler grey margins when fresh. Flight feathers, and greater and median coverts dark grey-brown, narrowly edged pale buff-grey. Lesser coverts olive-grey, matching back. Axillaries grey, underwing coverts whitish. Throat, malar area and upper breast whitish, with a dark grey, often rather irregular gorget, broadest in centre. Remainder of underparts creamy white, flanks extensively washed olive-grey. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet brownish black. Confusing species: African Pied Wagtail juv has striking black and white wings. Mountain Wagtail has much longer tail; upper parts more blue-grey, underparts pure white. Western Yellow Wagtail lacks pectoral band or chest spot, and usually has some yellow wash on belly and vent; voice different. Grey Wagtail always has markedly yellow belly and longer tail.

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#3 Dove Tambourine: [9] Ad male: Forehead and area around eyes white, loral stripe black. Hind crown, ear coverts, nape and back ashy brown; lower back crossed by 2 indistinct blackish bands, with paler band between. Central pair of rectrices dark reddish brown; 2 outer pairs ashy, with subterminal dark grey to black bar. Remainder basally dark brown, distal third blackish. Upper wing coverts brown. Primaries and outer secondaries cinnamon, edged and tipped brown. Central and inner secondaries brown; 2 iridescent blackish-purple spots on wing formed by metallic markings on some inner coverts and secondaries. Underwing cinnamon. Throat to vent white; undertail coverts and flanks ashy brown. Bill purplish, tipped dark brown or black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet reddish purple. Ad female: As male, but with lower throat and breast washed grey. Juv: Brown above, most feathers transversely barred rufous and brown; breast grey in both sexes.

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#4 Weaver, Thick Billed: [9] Ad male: Overall dark brown; forehead white in br season. Tail blackish brown. Flight feathers blackish; white bases to primaries visible on folded wing and form conspicuous patch in flight. Bill blackish horn or dark grey, heavy and deep. Eyes brown. Legs and feet grey to blackish. Ad female: Upper parts, incl upper wing coverts, dark brown, scaled buff. Supercilium greyish, indistinct. Tail brown. Flight feathers dark brown, primaries edged paler brown. Underwing coverts and axillaries off-white. Underparts off-white, with heavy dark brown streaks; streaking narrows posteriorly. Undertail coverts with blackish-brown centres. Bill horn-coloured. Juv: As ad female, but upper parts more rufous; underparts buffier. Bill initially yellow, becoming darker. Confusing species: Ad female could be mistaken for ad female Violet-backed Starling, but latter has much more slender, black (not horn-coloured) bill.

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#5 Long-claw, Yellow-throated: [9] Ad male: Forehead to nape buffy brown, feather centres darker, giving lightly streaked effect. Lores and ear coverts pale buffy brown. Moustachial stripe dark brown to black extending to link up with sides of neck to broad black necklace across upper breast. Supercilium lemon yellow. Remainder of upper parts greyish brown, lightly streaked. Rectrices dark olive-brown, with pale shafts. Central rectrices narrowly fringed buff. T2-T6 have increasingly wide white tips to both webs, ca 5 mm wide on T2 increasing to distal 35% of inner web of T6; outer web of T6 almost entirely white. Primaries and secondaries dark olive-brown. Upper wing coverts dark olive-brown, with pale fringes. Chin, throat, malar region and foreneck deep lemon yellow, enclosed by black necklace bordered below with dark brown streaking. Sides of upper breast creamy yellow; lower breast and belly deep lemon yellow. Flanks and undertail coverts yellow-buff. Upper mandible blackish, lower mandible paler. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet pale brown to dull yellow. Ad female: As male, but underparts duller yellow, washed buff to olive-yellow. Juv: Upper parts as ad, but supercilium buff. Underparts buff, with trace of yellow in centre of breast. Necklace broken initially by spots and streaks. Confusing species: Yellow-breasted Pipit lacks broad black necklace. Golden Pipit much smaller, with black breast band, not necklace, and bright yellow underwings.

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#6 Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked: [5] Ad male: Crown stripe feathers blackish, edged rufous. Rictal bristles black; sides of face blackish with small rufous spots. Nuchal collar rufous to cinnamon-buff. Remainder of upper parts to upper tail coverts grey, with fine vermiculations and narrow blackish streaks. Central rectrices grey, with coarse, blackish vermiculations and ca 8 (5-6 exposed) narrow blackish bars, darker in T2-T3. T4-T5 mainly blackish, with prominent white tips (tips of T5 23-35 mm (27.4 mm), T4 17-32 mm (26.5 mm) (n = 30)). Scapulars with bold black streaks and cinnamon-buff blotches on outer webs. Coverts brown to blackish brown with buff blotches, rufous barring and greyish vermiculations. Chin and upper throat buff with dark markings; remainder of throat barred and marked cinnamon to buff and blackish brown to grey-brown, with 2 large white patches (1 each side of midline). Breast dull grey-brown, faintly peppered and sparsely blotched buff. Belly to undertail coverts buff to tawny, with narrow blackish-brown bars. Primaries and secondaries black to blackish brown, with greyish vermiculations at tips; P7-P10 with large white patches (both webs of P7-P9, inner web only of P10). Inner primaries and secondaries with incomplete rufous bars. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet brownish flesh. Ad female: Similar to male, but with smaller, rufous rather than white, spots on P7-P10. Pale tips to T4-T5 absent or short (15 mm) and heavily suffused with dull grey-brown Juv: Similar to female, but overall browner, plainer and with more rufous wash. Confusing species: Difficult to distinguish from European Nightjar in the field. Latter slightly larger, lacks rufous collar and has less prominent marks on wing coverts. Pale spots on primaries of female whiter in Rufous-cheeked Nightjar. Easily separated from most locally br spp on call (but call of European Nightjar, rarely given in region, is similar). Square-tailed Nightjar also has churring song, but churring 'changes gear' regularly. Square-tailed Nightjar differs in having white (male) or buff (female) wing bar and outer tail, latter extending along entire length of tail. Fiery-necked Nightjar has a broader, more obvious nuchal collar.

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#7 Kite, Black-shouldered: [8] Ad: Head very pale grey, forehead and supercilium white; remainder of upper parts blue-grey. Tail mostly white, contrasting with grey back; central rectrices grey. Lesser and median wing coverts black, forming black shoulder patch. Flight feathers blue-grey, tipped blackish. Underwing mostly white, with black undersides to outer primaries forming triangular black patch at wing tip. Underparts white, breast washed pale grey. Bill black; cere yellow. Eyes orange to ruby red. Legs and feet yellow. Imm: As ad, but with yellow-orange eyes; some retain juv remiges, rectrices, greater coverts and alula feathers. Juv: Similar to ad, but breast and neck washed chestnut, nape streaked white. Upper part feathers darker, pale-fringed, appearing scalloped. Flight feathers and coverts dark grey, edged buff; shoulder patch smaller, speckled white. Eyes dark grey-brown, become yellow within 3-4 wk. Confusing species: At a distance, smaller Dickinson's Kestrel has same pale-headed, grey-backed appearance, but has more slender and elongated silhouette, with barred, not plain tail extending beyond folded wing tips.

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#8 Batis, Pririt: [4] Ad male: Forehead, crown and nape dark grey, bordered by long, narrow, well-defined white supercilium. Black mask extends from lores through cheeks and ear coverts to sides of neck. Hind neck to upper tail coverts grey. Tail black, outermost rectrices with white outer webs and tips; remainder, except innermost pair, with narrow white tips. Primary coverts and alula black; greater coverts black, except for 2 near centre, which are broadly fringed white. Median coverts white, lesser coverts black. Primaries and secondaries black, with narrow white edges; tertials black, with broad white edges; together with coverts, form distinct wing bar. Underwing coverts and axillaries white, undersides of flight feathers dark grey. Chin to undertail coverts white, except for ca 10-14 mm wide, glossy black breast band. Thighs grey, flanks with some indistinct grey flecks or bars. Bill and inside of mouth black. Eyes pale yellow to ivory. Legs and feet black. 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). Juv: Duller than ad, spotted black and buff on head, head mask brownish black. Wing coverts tipped buff. Underparts dull white, mottled black and buffy ochre on breast (both sexes). Confusing species: Male Chinspot Batis has flanks plain white (not flecked or barred grey) and slightly darker crown.

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Also read more about the birds here:

1. Lark, Red-capped
2. Wagtail, Cape
3. Dove, Tambourine
4. Weaver, Thick Billed
5. Long-claw, Yellow-throated
6. Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked
7. Kite, Black-shouldered
8. Batis, Pririt
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby barryels » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:55 am

Here is challenge #8 of 2015 :thumbs_up: .

Hope everybody enjoys the variation of birds in this challenge :D .

Looking forward to more than 12 entries :roll: .

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#2

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#3

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#4

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#5

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#6

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#7

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#8

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:13 am

That nightjar pic .... :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: was convinced it was the rufous cheeked, and then last night changed my mind :doh: :doh: :doh:

Oh well, hoping to do better with this week's challenge!

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby PietSkiet » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:38 am

So a drop from 7/8 to 6/8. Will have to improve this week.

Some interesting pics there barryels :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:33 am

PietSkiet wrote:So a drop from 7/8 to 6/8. Will have to improve this week.

I've dropped down to zero before :lol: It's all good fun.

Thanks for another challenge Barryels :thumbs_up:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:30 am

You are doing great PietSkiet! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Tessa G » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:28 pm

I initially had the Nightjar and the Batis right and like you Karin, changed my mind :wall: :lol:

Challenge No.8? Ho-Hum!!!! :doh: :doh:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:36 am

Must say, am a bit stumped this week :doh: :doh:

Should have my answers ready soon and find out how it went
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