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 Post subject: Birding school for ducklings: 2009-2010.
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:22 pm 
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Who can participate?
Only birders with less than 50% average at the ID challenges or anyone not ready to participate there. 8)

What can everyone else do?
You are the ducks teaching the ducklings about the basics. :D Please help where you can and post new pics (easy ones) for ID.

Basic tip #1:
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When I did a beginners bird course a couple of years ago they taught us this silly sentence.
Silly Billy Loves Pulling Helen's Hair
S= size
B= bill, shape and colour
L= Legs - length and colour
H= habitat
H= Habits



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Oops..... forgot! :redface:
Where do you send your answers?
Nowhere, post here what bird you think it is.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Ok i shall help where i can 8)

here is a nice and easy one for you ducklings..

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The Robin-chat, White-browed on the "Bird Index Here

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Also have a look at the facial markings and the posture.

This birds facial markings are very distinct!

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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The smaller the more difficult :twisted: I do not even know the family!

Eats insects and small seeds, maybe a tiny worm if he is lucky :hmz:
A tit?


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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See the pointy bill? Insect eater. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Micetta, you are on the right track! :thumbs_up:

When I started birding the hard part was getting down to the family. Seeing that you can only see the pic and not the bird, I think we should give you some pointers getting down to a range of families first. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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A flycatcher or batis? A capped something with those markings?

A white browed Robin chat??


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Flycatcher? Batis? I was gonna say White-browed Robin-chat just based on looking at pictures....no wonder I'm not a birder, I haven't a clue other than looking at illustrations....SOS...But I think I'll learn ALOT!! Great thread, and thanks for starting it.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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You are on the right track. :wink:
Here are a few sites for you to check out.
http://www.birdlife.org.za/fieldguide/book/index.php
http://www.hardaker.co.za/
http://www.niall.co.za/Species/RobertsC ... cation.htm

Hi Africat! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Flycatcher? Batis? I was gonna say White-browed Robin-chat just based on looking at pictures....no wonder I'm not a birder, I haven't a clue other than looking at illustrations....SOS...But I think I'll learn ALOT!! Great thread, and thanks for starting it.

:hmz: Why are you not a birder?
You are absolutely correct! :clap: :clap:

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Identification: Size smallish; top of head black; bold white eyebrow (no eyebrow in Chorister Robin); back greyish brown; rump and underparts orange (belly grey in Cape Robin); tail orange with black centre. Immature: Above spotted buff; no white eyebrow; below scaled dusky on buff.

(Roberts)

Cool banansh! Class is filling up! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Next one!

'K........ this one is REAL easy! Don't just give me a name, tell me why you think it's that specific bird. :thumbs_up:

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I see we have a few participants, everyone must first make their choice before I'm going to post the answer.

Yip, Sprocky! New name, stick around you'll pick it up quickly! :thumbs_up:
(I still have to keep on checking my book. :roll: :wink: )

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The Cape Teal on the "Bird Index" Here

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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I would say Cape Teal, if it is still the right name. Reason being the bluish upturned bill.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Sprocky you are too advanced for this class! :roll: Go and join the ones your size and do not ruin the game for the ducklings! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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:thumbs_up: Thanks Jen, Great idea! Hope I'll get past being a Duckling :D

Name: Cape Teal (Anas capensis) A small, pale-coloured duck with a pink, upturned bill.
Habitat: Shallow lakes, marshes in open country, lagoons, estuaries and tidal flats.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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WOW what a great class you began here Mamabird will help where I can with the ducklings, also got a few good rather obvious photo's to post where the ID Challenge was a bit too far forward for those pics!

Always wanted to be some form of teacher, that's why I'm studying for FGASA, this would also help me along!


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