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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:03 pm 
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Very well done Dugong, Ladybirder and Gryskopvisvanger! :clap: :clap:

SAGecko, welcome to my kind of scores! :lol:

Jakkie Human, you make me feel good about my score, because you normally have very high scores! :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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I found that one quite tough Hilda

Also, when your 10 year old is nagging you for a go on the iPad, it tends to break your concentration :?

But as I said, I'm pretty pleased with 4 for that one :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Well done Jakkie Human, Dugong,Gryskopvisvanger, SAGecko, :gflower: :gflower:

:redface: For me a 4/10 although it was more like 3.5. adrianp was being kind with the 4 :D

Thank you adrianp :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Glad you have entered Sharifa! Four is better than zero! At least we have tried! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:10 am 
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Here is challenge #4 for 2013!

I tried to get a good mix of easy and tough ones!!

Enjoy :D

#1
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Here with the results of the challenge. Thank you to all those who participated. :clap:

#1 Cape Wagtail -juvenile
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This seemed like a normal cape wagtail when I was taking the pictures, but when I got home I realised there was something funky about it. The colouring was a bit off, including the yellow around the knees. I almost got all excited that it may be something different, but alas, if you look carefully there is a yellow gape at the base of the bill which would make it a juvenile, and explain the “odd” appearance. A juvenile pied wagtail would have more white on the wing covets.

#2 African Marsh Harrier
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No problems here.

#3 Speckled Pigeon
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This particular bird got stuck in the chimney a few days before X-mass, hence the capture and close up macro picture…I wish I had a telephoto lens to get that kind of detail from wild birds :wall: . I told the kids it was Santa’s scout, to check that the chimney was OK to slide down! :twisted: He was released safely to the wild. :)

#4 Cape Longclaw
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The yellow face markings and white tail tips in flight are very diagnostic for the longclaws. A broader more orange than yellow eyebrow separate it from yellow throated long claw.

#5 Little Rush Warbler
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Most got this. In the field this warbler is fairly easily separated by the dark chocolate wash. And I love that cruck, cruck…stick on a picket fence call.

#6 Somber Bulbul
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A difficult bird, even with a front view. Many got this one, as the grey olive green colour is in fact quite diagnostic if you are familiar with this species.

#7 Black Headed Canary (female)
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Hell, this caused a lot of problems. I figured out why, as the field guides (Newmans, Roberts and Sasol) images for this species are horrid. :wall: :wall: If you check the thickness of the wire relative the size of the bird, you will realise it is tiny.

#8 Karoo Koorhan
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No problems here.

#9 Layard’s Titbabler
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A cryptic dry land special, as it tends to stay hidden in the middle of the little Karoo bushes. Most got it as a tit-babbler. The habitat preference of Karoo shrub rather than acacia woodland is a clue that it is not a chestnut vented.

#10 Lark like bunting
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Most got this.

Huntsman gets the prize for the best caption… :lol: :lol: :lol: :congrats: !!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Thank you for the results adrianp! It looks so easy when one has the answers! :lol:

:congrats: Huntsman! Brilliant caption! :clap: :clap:

@ MattAxel: Thank you for #4/2013! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Just viewed my score for ID Challenge #3, and I got 9/10. :dance: :dance: The exact species of Longclaw let me down. :wall: . Thankyou Adrianp :clap: .
As for Mattaxels offering; not easy on first glance. Have fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very well done Mutorashanga! That is a great score! :clap: :clap:

OOoooohhhh my! I am struggling with #4/2013! I honestly find those birdies VERY difficult to ID!!! :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very sorry to report that I am in the KNP until Friday so cannot enter this or the Ducklings this week...

Thanks for the effort though, Quizmasters.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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huntsman wrote:
Very sorry to report that I am in the KNP until Friday so cannot enter this or the Ducklings this week...


As punishment for having fun while we have to work :wall: you will have to share your bird pictures from your KNP trip so that we can use them for quiz material. Sky can take the easy ones for the duckies and I will see if there are some challenging ones for us :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very clever idea AdrianP! :thumbs_up:

Problem is, Huntsman will have the answers to those pictures, which is not fair! :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Very sorry to report that I am in the KNP until Friday so cannot enter this or the Ducklings this week...

Thanks for the effort though, Quizmasters.


Congratulations on your caption :clap: :clap: :clap:

Sorry indeed :D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Mutorashanga well done on your score :clap: :dance:

Thank you adriap :clap: :thumbs_up:

I would not have got #3 in a million years. I have to pay attention to details :slap:

Thank you MattAxel for the next one :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Here with the results of the challenge. Thank you to all those who participated. :clap:


I must commend adrianp for putting together one of the most entertaining challenges ever! Good stuff, bro!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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Improving! 50% correct for #4/2013 :D


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