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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:35 am 
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Dealing with a tiny crisis at work... but also working on the new challenge. In the meantime, here is the solution to challenge #20.

Challenge #20 wasn’t too difficult, hey.

#1 – Collared widowbird: The angle from the back was chosen on purpose to disguise this bird a little. The long, narrow tail is the key feature and of course tells us it’s a male. Buffy edges to feathers means it has recently moulted.

#2 – Mountain wheatear, juvenile: This was a tough one to ID in the field. The white shoulders (male) and white rump with white in tail is key. They sometimes lack the white cap on the head.

#3 – Steppe buzzard

#4 – African cuckoo: The yellow at base of bill is key

#5 – Osprey

#6 – Black-crowned night heron, juv: orange eye gives the game away

#7 – Red-chested cuckoo

#8 – White-backed duck, duckling: they are the only chicks that will have the black head and brown body… you will pick that up by reading the descriptions in the fieldguides

#9 – Long-crested eagle

#10 – Spotted groundthrush

Read more about:

1. Red-collared Widowbird
2. Mountain Wheatear
3. Steppe Buzzard
4. African Cuckoo
5. Osprey
6. Black-crowned Night-Heron
7. Red-chested Cuckoo
8. White-backed Duck
9. Long-crested Eagle
10. Spotted Ground-Thrush

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #21

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#10 – I must be going soft, showing mom AND the chicks together :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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To get us back on track... here is challenge #22

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Solutions to challenge #21

Thanks to the new participants on the block! I hope to seen you become regulars!

Not one of the birds got ID'd correctly by everyone. We had 14 participants for this challenge.

#1 - Rock kestrel (9), imm ♂: Suggestions of grey head, black spotting on rufous above and below, no blue secondaries.

#2 - Greater spotted cuckoo (12): Grey crest, throat buffy, base of lower bill pinkish

#3 - Ashy (blue-grey) flycatcher (5): A lot thought this was a Grey Tit Flycatcher due to the white tail but the white eye ring with the distinct black line is not as prominent on the GTF. Some participants read the discussion on Flycatchers elsewhere on the forum and guess whose photo was on display – SNAP! Just shows you… there are excellent resources right under your noses! :lol:

#4 - Bennett’s woodpecker (11), ♀: Spotted not streaked breast, brown throat and cheek stripe

#5 - Whiskered tern (5), non-breed: Different books have big variations on terns… very confusing! Careful inspection of the pix suggests a marsh/lake habitat (that drastically cuts down on options… now it’s easy). The eye-stripe with seemingly speckled black crown, the short, squarish tail, and grey rump and thick bill all points to WT.

#6 – Half-collared kingfisher (12): black bill, orange breast,large blue breast patches,off white loral spot

#7 – White-throated Swallow (12): blue black breast band diagnostic, gape and light brown instead of red-brown crown make it juveniles.

#8 - Redbilled Quelea ♀ (5), breeding: bill shape is a clue; colour of bill and eyering yellow/orange id diagnostic. Read the description :lol:

#9 - Zitting Cisticola (2): Short tail, white tail tips with black sub-terminal bands

#10 - Rock Martin ♀ with chicks (11): square tail, nest neat half cup mud pellets against vertical wall or building; Pale throat.

The cisticola was the most difficult by far.

Enjoy you feastive season! I'll be posting challenge #23 on Saturday morning.

Read more about:

1. Rock Kestrel
2. Great Spotted Cuckoo
3. Ashy Flycatcher
4. Bennett's Woodpecker
5. Whiskered Tern
6. Half-collared Kingfisher
7. White-throated Swallow
8. Red-billed Quelea
9. Zitting Cisticola
10. Rock Martin

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #23

Hope all of you 'mites had as good a Xmas as I did. With the excellent cricket being played in Oz, and a house full of family my time on the forum has been drastically curtailed...

Here's the new one! Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Solution to #22

In general, one of the easiest challenges!

I have to apologise to those guys and gals who I marked short… I was checking up from the bush (minus books) via a phone (small screen) but I should have spotted old (not wrong) names and credited you for the ID with old names! Sorry!

#1 – Lesser swamp-warbler (5): Cape Reed Warbler (old name) – bold white eyebrow; long bill; very white below and around the face. Bill NOT as heavy as that of the great reed-warbler.

#2 – Spotted eagle-owl (11)

#3 – Orange-breasted sunbird (11)

#4 – Cape bunting (10): Chestnut wing coverts, facial mask and grey belly diagnostic

#5 – Cuckoo finch (11)

#6 – Bush blackcap (10)

#7 – Lemon dove (7): Cinnamon Dove (old name) – Red iris, pale face, black bill, cinnamon-coloured neck

#8 – SA cliff swallow (11)

#9 – Southern bald ibis (2) – a tough one, even if you started looking at the right family! The bill is the first clue that it is an ibis. The size of the chick (compared to the man’s hands) precludes most hornbills. The lack of a hump on the bill near the scull precludes ground hornbill. The head and neck is feathered pale grey and the bill is flesh-coloured with dark grey base, diagnostic for SBI. A Sacred Ibis chick shows mostly white feathers with black speckling/streaking. A Hadeda has an all-dark bill and a Glossy Ibis shows a sooty-brown head/neck feathering and is faintly mottled white on the face, crown and fore-neck. It is also much smaller in size.

#10 – Starred robin (10)

Read more about:

1. Lesser Swamp-Warbler
2. Spotted Eagle-Owl
3. Orange-breasted Sunbird
4. Cape Bunting
5. Cuckoo Finch
6. Bush Blackcap
7. Lemon Dove
8. South African Cliff Swallow
9. Southern Bald Ibis
10. Starred Robin unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Here is challenge #24. We have not had enough entries to publish the results for #23 as yet :(

Challenge #24

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Thanks to the picture donors and to the regulars who keep on participating :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Evetually we got past 10 entries!

Solution to #23

#1 – Bokmakierie chicks (0): I must concede that this picture was probably too difficult a challenge. I thought the nest shape and colour of the upper feathers of the chicks plus indication of size (common privet leaves and berries) would be enough clues for some

#2 – Brown-throated weaver (11)

#3 – Cape glossy starling, juvenile (0): another bird with an ID that remained out of reach… three IDs of the wrong starling had some peeps on the right track, though. The iris of the young Cape glossy is dull-grey and the feathers dull, near black.

#4 – Thick-billed weaver, fem (11)

#5 – Black-throated wattle-eye (11)

#6 – Broad-billed roller (11)

#7 – Amur falcon, fem (10)

#8 – Bar-throated Apalis (8): The white eye and white outer feathers of the tail are the diagnostic features… an indication of the bar on the throat is visible once you know what you are looking for.

#9 – African rail (9)

#10 – Crested francolin (11)

Read more about:

1. Bokmakierie
2. Southern Brown-throated Weaver
3. Cape Glossy Starling
4. Thick-billed Weaver
5. Black-throated Wattle-eye
6. Broad-billed Roller
7. Amur Falcon
8. Bar-throated Apalis
9. African Rail
10. Crested Francolin

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #25

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UNFORTUNATELY PICTURES 4, 5 AND 6 ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE.

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:hmz:

Hope everything works okay... it was a battle to get this one up-and-running. Please be patient if it has gremlins :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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#24 has enjoyed the best participation yet! :dance:

Solution to Challenge #24

#1 – Greater Kestrel (16)

#2 – Fan-tailed widowbird (14): Rufous shoulder patch is diagnostic.

#3 – Sedge warbler, juvenile (7): This heavily moulting warbler was the most difficult bird to ID. It is the only warbler in SA with such a well-streaked crown.

#4 – Fulvous ducks (17)

#5 – Steppe buzzard (11): The dark body with lighter chest-band, the faint barring patterns in a pale tail and the dark carpal patch with well marked greater and median coverts, white flight feathers with dark edges all fits.

#6 – Wood sandpiper (14): Yellowish legs and dark upperparts with white spotting diagnostic

#7 – Brown-headed parrot (17)

#8 – Southern black tit (16)

#9 – Common chaffinch (15): This bird IS a SA resident… introduced by CJ Rhodes in the late 1890s as pets… they managed to outlast Mr Rhodes’ GBE

#10 – Black-crowned night-heron (15)

Read more about:

1. Greater Kestrel
2. Unfortunately the Fan-tailed Widowbird is not on the Bird Index yet.
3. Sedge Warbler
4. Fulvous Whistling Duck
5. Steppe Buzzard
6. Wood Sandpiper
7. Brown-headed Parrot
8. Southern Black Tit
9. Common Chaffinch
10. Black-crowned Night-Heron

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Challenge #26... a lekker easy one :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Sollution to #25

Some of our regulars did not post this week, so we are back down to 12.

1. Curlew Sandpiper ♂ (11): Most of you got this bird in spite of it being an amazing sighting to see a non-br visitor showing most of its breeding colours. The long, decurved bill is the most prominent of its ID features. You guys did well not to let the colours throw you.

2. Lesser Spotted Eagle (4): Fairly dark body with short tail / wings extending well beyond tail. Hint of white / light bands on wings, extending from shoulder down. General bill shape also aids the ID.

3. Corncrake (11)

4. Black-backed Puffback (12)

5. Jameson’s Firefinch ♂(12)

6. Red-headed Weaver ♂-br (13) … couldn’t trip anyone up with this distinctive weaver

7. Pink-billed Lark (9): Short, conical pink bill, chest streaking and rufous belly.

8. Kalahari Scrub-Robin (10): Lots of you initially thought it’s a Flycatcher! But that very distinct dark eye stripe and light eyebrow with a dark crown along with the dark and light tail helped most to make the correct ID

9. Black-chested Snake-Eagle (2): Only JenB and Moegaai got this one right. Moegaai writes: The distinctly barred tail made me look at the Snake- and Hawk-Eagles. The overall grey-brown appearance with a triple-barred grey and black tail makes it either the Southern Banded or the Black-chested. If it had white tips to the tail feathers it would have been the Southern Banded. So my money is on the Black-chested. With most half-decent flight shots the conundrum of the BoP ID is solvable most of the time by just studying underwing and tail patterns. Count the bars and look for exactly those things Moegaai noted… like the white tips to the tail feathers (or lack thereof) can be the final clue needed to make a correct call.

10. Cape Vulture (12)

Next week's challenge (#27) and the sollution to #26 may be tricky as I have no idea about the 3G signal in Punda. Hold thumbs... or / and your breath! :twisted:

Read more about:

1. Curlew Sandpiper
2. Lesser Spotted Eagle
3. Corn Crake
4. Black-backed Puffback
5. Jameson's Firefinch
6. Red-headed Weaver
7. Pink-billed Lark
8. Kalahari Scrub-Robin
9. Black-chested Snake-Eagle
10. Cape Vulture

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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge for those who aren't afraid anymore.
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Goooood morning virtual birders! :D

Are you ready? :dance:

Challenge #27

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Remember to PM your answers to JvR, not me. :twisted:

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Solution to Challenge #26

This was by far the easiest one yet! Again we had 17 participants.
#1(a) – South African Shellduck, male and female (17)
#1(b) – Yellow-billed duck (16)
#2 – Marsh Owl (13): It’s not a Barn Owl because the facial disc it is not pale enough. It is not a Grass Owl for the same reason and also because the beak is too dark. The hint of two ear-tufts is the ID-clincher.
#3 – Common Starling, juv (12): Glossy green feathers with buffy tips starting to appear
#4 – Thick-billed Weaver (m) (17)
#5 – White-rumped Swift (14): The shape and extent of the white rump and the V in the tail are the diagnostics
#6 – Violet-eared Waxbill (m) (17)
#7 – Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler (16)
#8 – Short-toed Rock-Thrush (13)… I liked Moegaai’s justification. He writes: Head and back grey (uniformly), thus excluding Cape and Miombo. Orange chest excludes Sentinel. The fact that there isn't much of a white / light crown points to it probably having recently moulted. :thumbs_up:
#9 – Three-banded Courser (14) Once you know its easy!
#10 – Black Stork (sub-ad) (16)

Rem: learn from the mistakes! Go back and see what it is that tripped you up! Don't let it catch you again. :wink:

Read more about:

1. South African Shellduck and Yellow-billed Duck
2. Marsh Owl
3. Common Starling
4. Thick-billed Weaver
5. White-rumped Swift
6. Violet-eared Waxbill
7. Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler
8. Short-toed Rock-Thrush
9. Three-banded Courser
10. Black Stork

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Challenge #28

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