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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:19 pm 
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Sent in our hopefully "educated" guesses this morning. Managed a 6/8 so I am thrilled.

Thanks Johan, now to see which two of our hopefully "educated" guesses were wrong. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I also got 6/8. I think I know which two were wrong, because I really struggled with them. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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In a rush - no time to really study the "portraits", so only posted 5 answers and YEH! got them all right!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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hilda wrote:
I also got 6/8. I think I know which two were wrong, because I really struggled with them. :roll:


Ditto :| ... well, I struggled with one, and think I was "tricked" by the other :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Jikes 4/8 I think my coin kept falling on the wrong side :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Our coin must have fallen correctly two more times than yours adrianp. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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7/8 for me this time :dance: Much better than last time's 0! :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Jazil wrote:
Our coin must have fallen correctly two more times than yours adrianp. :lol:

I think after moving down to the Southern cape, my coin is suffering from Outeniqua fever. It seems to fall a lot slower in this oxygen rich air :lol:


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:dance: :dance: a not too shabby dash for the line to get some answers in.......7/8

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Did it in a rush with lots of wild guesses, so very happy with 5/8. I'm glad I did it and hope to learn from my mistakes.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Did it in a rush with lots of wild guesses, so very happy with 5/8. I'm glad I did it and hope to learn from my mistakes.


Maybe I should have also just tried wild quesses :w: :w: Many hours with the books also just gave me 5/8 :( :D :D
100% still eludes me :wall: :hmz: :hmz:

Now waiting for the next challenge :whistle: :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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6/8 from my side as well. Just can't get them all :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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This is the results of challenge #16 of 2012. The theme was close-ups. Quite amazing to see a bird in your hand; one immediately start to notice detail you never see in pix of book illustrations! This challenge returned an average score of only 74.6%, more like the level of difficulty you guys are used to.

The results are as follows:
We had 18 ‘mites participating.
Two ‘mites scored 4
four scored 5
six scored 6
five scored 7
only one got all IDs correct.

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#1 – Southern Black Flycatcher [9] . Ladybirder wrote: I have seen that some of these do have a white wash on the shoulder and chest, while the Southern Black Tit's more prominent white. The bill is that of a flycatcher.

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#2 – Yellow-bellied greenbul [17] . Didn’t cause any problems although getting a feel for size may have been difficult.

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#3 – Bennett's Woodpecker, female [17] . No problems here.

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#4 – Livingstone's Turaco [17] . Although most ‘mites got this one right, quite a few were surprised when they saw three options in the ID resources. davejenny wrote: Having seen Schalow's Turaco in Kenya ruled it out as their crest is so much longer. Roberts states that Livingstone's Turaco is very similar to Knysna Lourie, but with crest tall and pointed.

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#5 – Southern grey-headed sparrow. Actually only [5] ‘mites got this one right, I gave all who chose a grey-headed sparrow a mark. [11] . I have looked at many different resources and, as I personally have not yet seen this bird, I could not find any resource that gave definitive ID features that can be used for a head shot only. Some resources do suggest that the Northern GHS supposedly has a heavier bill, but I cannot see much of a difference. However, other species like juvenile whydas, magpies, waxbills and mousebirds can certainly be eliminated for the bill on the challenge bird lacks any features of a young bird; no gape and shows lots of wear and tear.

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#6 – Southern Masked-weaver [16] . Only confusion can be with Village weaver. I wanted to show the difference in the front on the crown. Mutorashanga sums that feature up nicely: The black mask extends onto the crown, low around the forehead, and at the base where the yellow feathers join the black mask, the feathers are orange-red. These features are missing from the Village.

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#7 – Common Fiscal Shrike, juvenile [6] . Lesser Grey Shrike has darker brown with more pronounced barring (not so fine as in Common fiscal); red-backed shrike juveniles are reddish-brown very early on.

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#8 – Red-throated Wryneck [14] . If you have never seen a wryneck up close, some of these features will be alien to fit into the illustrations one finds in the guidebooks. That eye REALLY is orange-brown, same colour as the throat!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Here is #17 for the year

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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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#9

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