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Birding school for ducklings.

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Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:58 pm Unread post
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I don't think the birds mourned my cat one bit.


Welcome back! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:59 am Unread post
Thanks Tosha :D

just sent my answers in.. never as simple as one expects. I am loving this. It is teaching me so much and getting my monkey mind to focus on detail.


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Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:30 pm Unread post
9/10 for me..... no. 8 :wall: :wall: :wall:

Thanks PL - nice challenge! 8)


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Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:01 pm Unread post
Welcome back MM and good luck :thumbs_up:

Well done tosha :clap: :clap: :clap: :) #8 was a :wall: for me as well.

Took a very good guess and... :big_eyes:

10/10 for me :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Challenge #3/July 2012

Good afternoon Ducklings, with this cold weather the challenge and answers are going quite slow but here we go. We had 6 participants for this weeks challenge of which 2 scored 10/10, 2 scored 9/10, 1 scored 8/10 and 1 got 6/10.

Herewith the answers and explanations:

1. Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
Green spots on wings reflect in direct sun, also an all dark bill.
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2. Southern White-faced Owl
Overall grey appearance with black streaks and a white facial disk. Normally the eyes present orange but the angle and the early morning sun might be playing tricks with the camera. Some did opt for Spotted Eagle-Owl but the size in relation to the leaves and fruit of the Bushwillow is off.
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3. Yellow-billed Stork
Large, mostly white bird with long yellow bill.
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4. Bearded Scrub-Robin
Rufous markings on the breast and flanks combined with bald black and white head markings and a "broken" wing-panel.
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5. White-headed Vulture
Perhaps a bit deceiving seeing as this bird is still an Immature so the head has brown not white feathers/down, but the head is not bare and red as would be seen in Lappet-faced Vulture.
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6. Red-billed Oxpecker
All red bill with a conspicuous yellow eye-ring.
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7. Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac throat and breast with blue belly.
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8. Lesser Masked-Weaver
Face mask almost non-existing due to the fact that the bird is in non-breeding plumage. To identify to species level one would take into account the dark horn-coloured bill combined with the blueish-grey legs. The birds also have a pale eye.
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9. African Barred Owlet
Barring on the head, throat and upper-breast with tear-drop shaped blotches on the belly.
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10. Yellow-breasted Apalis
Combination of the yellow breast and red eye is diagnostic.
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Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:45 pm Unread post
Challenge #1 August 2012

So for this weeks challenge it's a mix of both Free State and Kruger. The first 5 being birds photographed in the Free State and the last 5 photographed in or just outside Kruger.

Enjoy and remember to pm your answers to me. :thumbs_up:

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Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:40 pm Unread post
To our very special birder :D a very happy birthday from a very appreciative mouse.

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Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:51 pm Unread post
Thank you very much MM! :D


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Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:47 pm Unread post
:bdaysmile: A very happy birthday PL :)

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you :thumbs_up: for the new challenge


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Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:09 pm Unread post
Thank you very much Sharifa! :thumbs_up:


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Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:16 pm Unread post
10/10 for me :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you PL


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Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:20 pm Unread post
9/11


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Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:45 pm Unread post
louis dreyer wrote
9/11

Ditto :D , a vast improvement to the 6/10 I got last week. I since it is 9 of 11 (with only 10 pictures) I guess it is worth looking at all the birds on the pictures :doh:

All the best Michael.


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Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:11 pm Unread post
10/11 for #1 for August.... I think no.1 got me :wall:

Well done Great Dane, Louis Dreyer and Sharifa :clap:


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Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:17 am Unread post
Well done everybody! :clap:
I just love these challenges! My birding knowledge improved so much these past few weeks :thumbs_up: a BIG thanks to Dabchick and Pantera leo for putting this up every week :gflower:

#1 I got 11/11 :dance:
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