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Bird ID Challenge.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:19 am Unread post
16/16 for #27 :dance: :dance:

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:54 pm Unread post
Well done umtali1 and davejenny! :clap: :clap:

I think all of us have 100% for this one! It is very nice to be "forced" to read up on the birds, otherwise I always say "I don't have time now"! :redface:


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Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:02 pm Unread post
Submitted mine for 27. I really enjoyed the reading up I had to do :) :thumbs_up:


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Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:59 am Unread post
I think you're right, Hilda. Full house for me on 27 too :)

Now to pluck up the courage and brace myself for 28 ...


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Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:03 am Unread post
Bird Challenge #28/2014

Have fun! 8)

#1:

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#2:

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#3:

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#4:

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#5:

2 Birds to have a go at.

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#6:

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#7:

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#8:

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#9:

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#10

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We won't be home this weekend, so any messages will be answered on Sunday evening or Monday. 8)


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Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:26 pm Unread post
Well done Porridge! :clap: :clap:

Thank you for challenge #28/2014 Guinea Pig! :gflower:


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Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:54 pm Unread post
I still owe you the answers to challenge No. 27

Needless to say that all 13 participants did get full score and got a lot of positive feedback because they not only had to identify the birds but also to read or even re-read a bit more about them. Thanks to all participants you were fantastic :gflower: :k

No 1.
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How do the immature birds differ in plumage from the adults

Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs

Yellow-Billed Stork

No. 2
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Describe their nesting behaviour

Natural captivity in tree trunk. Entrance sealed most of the time with mud by female brought by male. Male delivers nest lining of bark flakes and small sticks. Cavity 300-450 mm diam, nest floor 120-200 mm below entrance. Entrance usually 100-300 mm high, 100-150 mm wide, narrowed by female to slit 150-240 mm high, 20 mm wide. Escape 'chimney' extends above cavity

Trumpeter Hornbill


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Approx how many fish are necessary for this birds feed a day?

1-2 fish per day (up to 2kg)

African Fish Eagle

No. 4
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Describe their nest.

Huge oval shaped mass of sticks, reeds, weeds and debris, including man made items.In stout fork of a tree, cliff egde, rock in a river. Rarely on the ground or sandbank. Measures 2m in diameter with roof 1m thick. Chamber 30 - 50cm diameter roughly plastered with mud. Entrance tunnel 13 - 18 cm diameter, 40 - 60 cm long. Smoothly plastered faces sloping downwards to least accessible part of site. Weighs 25 - 50 kg and roof withstands weight of a man. May be build cooperatively by 4 or more birds.

Hammerkop

No. 5
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What is the distinct, main difference between the male and female?

Male has a dark brown eye , female a yellow eye. Male has yellow wattles at base of bill.

Saddle-billed stork

No. 6
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How does he look when not wearing his breeding plumage and how can you distinct him then from the females?

When they are not breeding the males are a dull shades of brown; boldly streaked buff and dark brown above, buffy eyebrow; Dark brown wings and tail.- Females are very similar throughout. During breeding season the Male looks like the above photo. Females remain dull.

Southern Red Bishop

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On what does the bird feed?

Juicy fruit, particularly figs and wild figs

Green pigeon

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Distinguish between the male, female and juvenile.

male - chestnut breast, white underwings
female - chestnut belly, chestnut underwings
juv. male - black-speckled, chestnut breast, white underwings
juv. female - whitish breast, chestnut underwings

Giant Kingfisher


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Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:37 pm Unread post
Pumbaa wrote
I still owe you the answers to challenge No. 27

Needless to say that all 13 participants did get full score and got a lot of positive feedback because they not only had to identify the birds but also to read or even re-read a bit more about them. Thanks to all participants you were fantastic :gflower: :k


Fantastic too for you to set a different challenge
and it was rewarding for this participant.

thanks :: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:24 am Unread post
Thank you for bringing variety into the challenges. :clap: . Really enjoyed having to do some research.

Now must continue turning the pages for Guinea Pig's challenge...........


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:02 am Unread post
Thank you for the answers to a great challenge Pumbaa! :gflower:

I think all the participants' morale have been boosted by 100% scores! :dance: :dance:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:04 am Unread post
Full house for #28 :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Great score umtali1! :clap: :clap:

Challenge #29/2014 will be posted by Bushbuddies on Friday, 1 August 2014. :thumbs_up:


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10/11 for me for challenge #28/2014. :thumbs_up:


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:clap: :clap: :clap: Hilda


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Bird Challenge #28/2014


#1: Kori Bustard. Photographed in KTP.
Rufous back and distinct black and white mottled pattern on the wings.

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#2: Levaillant's Cisticola. Photographed in Golden Gate National Park.
The rufous tail is a dead give-away. In the field, the song is your best indication that there is one around.

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#3: Female Cut-throat Finch. Photographed in Gauteng.
Heavy barring all over.

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#4: Southern Grey-headed Sparrow. Photographed in KTP
Your best clue if you don't know where it was photographed, would be the lack of a white patch on the throat

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#5: Wahlberg's Eagle. This is the only photo in the sequence where the short crest was ruffled by the wind. Answered our question as to what it was. Otherwise the upright stance and, if you look closely, yellow talons and cere are distinguishing features.

He/she was mobbed by White-crested Helmetshrikes. Quite unmistakeable.

Photographed in KNP.

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#6: This I have to admit turned out to be way more tricky than I meant for it to be. :redface: Sorry, I didn't realize how much these birds look like Abdim's storks, simply because we've never SEEN Abdim's Storks!! :lol: So I had to go look for distinguishing these Black Storks from Abdims and it's not that hard.

These are Juvenile Black Storkd (therefor the greenish bill instead of red). The white belly/ chest markings are distinguishing. With the Abdim's the white extends into the wings when seen in flight. These don't.

Photographed in The Netherlands.

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#7: Alpine Swift. Photographed in Augrabies NP.
White throat and belly with dark breast band, long scythe-shaped wings.

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#8: Sabota Lark. Photographed in KNP.

Bold white supercillium giving it a capped appearance with the distinguishing malar stripe.

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#9: Southern Boubou. Photographed in Gauteng.
The cinnamonny coloured belly distinguishes it from the Tropical Boubou if you don't know where it was photographed.

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#10: Red-chested Cuckoo. Photographed in Gauteng.
The chestnut coloured neck and chest is just visible.

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