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 Post subject: Bird ID Challenges: 2008 - 2009
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:12 pm 
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It works like this.

Everyone can participate!

10 birds will be displayed in here every Friday, pm the answers to me or JVR. The answers will be revealed the following friday. There by every one will get enough time to id them.

Your answer must consist of the bird name and your reason for why you think it is the bird you think it is.

So keep an eye on this topic this coming Friday!

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Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:08 am 
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I require your answers before next week Wednesday as I will be in Kruger from Thursday morning onwards.
Good luck!
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I am really struggling to get on the forums lately. So I will just post the answers for now and later get into the discussing bit.

I will also try to post the 10 new id's later today. I am a bit pushed for time with this Kruger trip tomorrow... :lol:

1. Finfoot (female)
2. Bat hawk
3. Senegal lapwing
4. Yellow weaver (male)
5. Bronze mannikin (male)
6. Mountain Wheatear (female)
7. European Honey-Buzzard
8. Common Sandpiper
9. White-Backed Duck
10. Squacco Heron

2, 6 and 7 proved to be the difficult ones.

Well done to everyone! :clap:

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1. African Finfoot (Female)
2. Bat Hawk
3. Senegal Lapwing
4. Yellow Weaver (Male)
5. Bronze Mannikin (Male)
6. Mountain Wheatear (Female)
7. European Honey Buzzard
8. Common Sandpiper
9. White-backed Duck
10. Squacco Heron

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:24 pm 
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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:51 pm 
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(Joe can you please take the pm's till sunday? i will be in Kruger till then....)

This is how every bird did: highlighted ones are the right guesses.

1. African Finfoot (Female 7). (4 no gender specified)
1. African darter 1
2. Ayre's Hake-Eagle. 1
2. Eurasian Hobby 1
2. Brown Snake Eagle.1
2. African Hawk Eagle 1
2. Bat Hawk.(Immature 3) (5 no gender specified)
3. Senegal Lapwing. 9
3. black winged lapwing 3
4. Yellow Weaver.9 (male 1)(female 2)
5. Bronze Mannikin (Male 1) (10 no gender specified)
5. Magpie Mannikin 1
5. Black Headed Canary. 1
6. Mountain Wheatear (Female 6).
6. Boulder Chat.1
6. Juv Wattled Starling 1 ( 1 no gender specified)
6 Red winged starling 1 (non breeding 1)
7. European Honey-Buzzard. 3
7. Brown Snake-Eagle (Immature 2) (1 no gender specified)
7. ?Ayres Hawk Eagle. 1
7. Steppe Buzzard (Imm 1) (1 no gender specified)
7. African Goshawk 1
7. Greater Kestrel 1
7. Gabar Goshawk imm 1
8. Common Sandpiper. (10 no gender specified) (juv 1)
9. White-Back Duck. 8
9. African Black Duck. 1
9. southern pochard (1 no gender specified) (female 1)
9. imm knob-billed Coot 1
10. Squacco Heron (non-breeding 2). (7 no gender specified) 1 breeding
10. Water Thick-knee. 1

The most easiest bird being: Yellow Weaver with 12 correct id's.
The most difficult bird being: European Honey-Buzzard with only 3 correct id's.

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1. African Finfoot
2. Bat Hawk
3. Senegal Lapwing
4. Yellow Weaver
5. Bronze Mannikin
6. Mountain Wheatear
7. European Honey-Buzzard
8. Common Sandpiper
9. White-backed Duck
10. Squacco Heron

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Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:02 am 
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The answers for week 2:

1. Yellow-throated petronia
2. Brown-throated martin
3. Cape gull
4. Grey plover
5. Little rush-warbler, adult, male
6. Double-Banded Sandgrouse, female
7. Malachite Kingfisher
8. African Black Duck
9. Egyptian Gosling
10. Orange-Breasted Bush-Shrike

This was considerably more difficult than week 1.
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Well done to everyone for participating!

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1. Yellow-throated Petronia
2. Brown-throated Martin
3. Cape Gull
4. Grey Plover
5. Little Rush-Warbler, Adult, Male
6. Double-banded Sandgrouse, Female
7. Malachite Kingfisher
8. African Black Duck
9. Egyptian Gosling
10. Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike

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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:27 am 
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I have no idea what is keeping WTM up. Hope he is OK!

In the meantime, here is challenge #3...

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Don't put away that baby duck fieldguide :lol: :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:08 am 
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Answers to bird quiz 3:

1. Grey Waxbill
2. Black-bellied Starling
3. Water Thick-knee
4. African Openbill
5. Yellow-fronted Canary
6. White-backed Vulture
7. Whiskered Tern
8. Cardinal Woodpecker male
9. Red billed teal
10. Marico Flycatcher

Sorry everyone. I am heck of a busy at work at the moment. I will only be able to post 10 new birds next week Monday! :(

Read more about:

1. Grey Waxbill
2. Unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet - Black-bellied Starling.
3. Water Thick-knee
4. African Openbill Stork
5. Yellow-fronted Canary
6. White-backed Vulture
7. Whiskered Tern
8. Cardinal Woodpecker (Male)
9. Red-billed Teal
10. Marico Flycatcher

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:16 pm 
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1. Grey Waxbill
- No red base to bill and no visible red flanks, thus not a Cinderella Waxbill.

2. Black-bellied Starling
- Lower breast and belly dark violet blue, almost black, with bronze sheen. Tail dark violet blue. No spots on wing coverts.

3. Water Thick-knee
- Eye not yellow enough and 'blood speckled' (Observation from various of my own and other photos). Yellow on upper bill extends into nostril, thus not a Spotted Thick-knee.

4. African Openbill
- Unique bill shape.

5. Yellow-fronted Canary
- Tail retrices are distinctly white tipped.

6. White-backed Vulture
- Black face and beak, dark brown eyes, cant be a Cape Vulture.

7. Whiskered Tern
- Diagnodtic please? :hmz:

8. Cardinal Woodpecker
- Only one with brown fore crown.

9. Red billed teal
- Diagnodtic please? :hmz:

10. Marico Flycatcher
- Strong contrast between upper (brown) and lower (white) parts, not a Pale Flycatcher.

Please add any obvious observations I might have missed to help future identifications.

Would love diagnostics on 7 and 9, cause even after reading the big Roberts I would still not get them :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:40 am 
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Imax wrote:
Um...weekends almost over and still no new birdies to ID..... :hmz:


:shock:

Now what on earth could be the problem :hmz: :?: :?: :?:

We can't have our contestants hanging :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:38 pm 
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Ok, don't ever say I never give you anything.

Here are 5 new ones and they are not easy. :twisted: Joe will post his 5 later.

The photos are on purpose not the best ones. :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:58 pm 
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WTM, you're a bleeding heart :twisted:

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#9
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#10
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Enjoy your weekend, chaps and chapesses!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Here is the solution to challenge #4:

1. Crested Francolin (juv)
2. Swallow tailed Bee-eater.
3. Northern Black Korhaan.
4. Yellow Throated Petronia. The orange spot is due to pollen
5. Sociable Weaver.
6. Natal Francolin (juv)
7. Black Sparrow Hawk (immature)
8. White-backed Duck
9. Collared sunbird. (Female)
10. African Cuckoo Hawk, male and female

It is NOT possible to distinguish between Southern and Northern korhaans unless:
1. Seen in flight
2. Heard its call
3. Know it distribution.
Since none of those features were provided, we magnanimously decided to accept all BK nominations, North and South. Stictly speaking, only peeps that mentioned the impossibility of a more detailed ID should get a point here. :twisted:

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1. Crested Francolin (Juv.)
2. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
3. Northern Black Korhaan
4. Yellow-throated Petronia
5. Sociable Weaver
6. Natal Spurfowl (Juv.) (previously Francolin)
7. Black Sparrowhawk (Immature)
8.White-backed Duck
9. Collared Sunbird (Female)
10. African Cuckoo Hawk (Male and Female)

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:22 am 
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No sympathy for us... between work and chasing the elusive lesser black-backed gull at Leeupan, time for the challenge has been tight :lol:

Here are the answers for #5

1. Yellow canary
2. Non-breeding male pin-tailed Whydah and the backside of a laughing Dove
3. Female cutthroat finch
4. Thick-billed Weaver, male
5. Chesnutbacked Finchlark, male
6. Juvenile Lesser Spotted Eagle
7. Female Redheaded Weaver
8. Red Crested Korhaan, young female
9. Juvenile Eurasian Hobby – White eyebrow and downward stripes on legs distinguish it from Peregrine Falcon. The prey remains unknown :shock:
10. African Pipit

I have mailed my contribution to challenge #6 to WTM. Bug him to post it :twisted:

Read more about:

1. Yellow Canary
2. Pin-tailed Whydah (male)
and Laughing Dove (backside of)
3. Cut-throat Finch (Female)
4. Thick-billed Weaver (Male)
5. Chestnut-backed Finchlark unfortunately not yet on the Bird Index.
6. Lesser Spotted Eagle (Juv.)
7. Red-headed Weaver (Female)
8. Red-crested Korhaan (Young female)
9. Eurasian Hobby (Juv.)
10. African Pipit

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:58 am 
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Ok... her is Joe's 5.

My 5 will follow a little bit later.

#1
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UNFORTUNATELY PICTURES 2 AND 5 ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE.

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