So, eventually the results can be published. My appologies for the long wait!
#11 of 2012 returned an average score of 75%.
I still miss many of the regulars. When I get back from my birding trip I’ll get stuck into rekindling flagging interest… Let us see if we cannot get all the old hands back to participate again. In the meantime, you guys and gals must support the challenges posed by Lizet and Etienne during the next three weeks…
The results are as follows:
One ‘mites scored 4
one scored 6
two scored 7
seven scored 8
seven scored 9
1 scored 10
and one got all IDs correct.
So, here are the answers for challenge #11 for 2012... Large view
#1a – Southern red bishop, male in transitional colours 
. This bird caused very little trouble…
#1b – Cuckoofinch 
. Yellow bird with black bill and eyes… Unique. Once you have seen one, you’ll never miss it again.
#2 – Pearl-breasted swallow 
. No issues here.
#3 – Plain-backed Pipit 
. The yellow base of bill and unstreaked back. Buffy pipit would have a pink base to the bill. African Rock pipit has an upright stance, and at this distance will show yellow shoulder patch and yellow edges on flight feathers. It also has a shorter tail than the Plain-backed pipit.
#4 – Yellow-throated Petronia 
. This bird proved very tough indeed. mel123
wrote: The tail is too long for a female red-billed quelea, as well as for the female long-tailed widowbird. I also considered a streaky-headed seedeater but the head doesn't seem finely streaked. So, onto a little bird I never really looked at before. The eyebrow and tail length fits well.
Lark-like Bunting is excluded because of the challenge bird’s plain crown, prominent (more so than for LLB) eyebrow, lack of rufous borders to back and tail feathers and a much more boldly marked back. Likewise, female house-sparrow is excluded because of its lighter grey cheek as well as the marking on the back and tail as explained for the exclusion of LLB.
#5 – Red-winged Francolin 
. Everyone got this ID right.
#6 – Lesser Kestrel 
. Everyone got this ID right as well.
#7 – Familiar chat 
. Not much to be said here as most of you nailed the ID.
#8 – Striped Kingfisher 
. Too easy!
#9 – Dusky Indigobird 
. ‘mites found this a tough bird to ID. Some battled with the fact that there was too little to give a feel for the size of the bird and subsequently a few raptors and a widowbird were suggested. This bird was photographed near the Limpopo River. Classic dusky is white bill, pink legs. The bill and legs of this bird are both pale-pink, typical of the race found near the Limpopo River as opposed to the norm found at other venues. Village indigobirds have more deeply coloured pink legs and bill. Purple indigobirds have white bill, white legs with some variation in some races. Actually, the song of the bird is really the most reliable way of making the correct ID. So, I guess this challenge bird serves to show how difficult an ID can be if done from a picture alone.
#10 – Blue-cheecked bee-eater. 
. Very little issues here.