Here with the results of the challenge. Thank you to all those who participated.
#1 Cape Wagtail -juvenile
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
No problems here.
#3 Speckled Pigeon
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
. I told the kids it was Santa’s scout, to check that the chimney was OK to slide down!
He was released safely to the wild.
#4 Cape Longclaw
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
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
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)
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.
If you check the thickness of the wire relative the size of the bird, you will realise it is tiny.
#8 Karoo Koorhan
No problems here.
#9 Layard’s Titbabler
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
Most got this.
Huntsman gets the prize for the best caption…