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Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:38 am Unread post
7/10 for me for #34/2014! :dance: :dance:

I have to run to a meeting! Will look at this birdie a little later on Trevor! :thumbs_up:
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Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:10 pm Unread post
Good score Hilda :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


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6/10, not sure I am okay with that, guess this is what happens when work takes over and not doing these challenges each week makes my paging sticky... Come on December that I can have more time...


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MxM wrote
not doing these challenges each week makes my paging sticky... Come on December that I can have more time...


I am so disappointed in the amount of participants in this challenge so far! It was decided to do it every second week to give 'mites more time to do their paging, because time was the reason why they do not participate. What happened? More time, less participants! What should we do now? :hmz:


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We are up to 9 entrants now at least :D Still very low but maybe we can at least hit double figures :(


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Who will be that person to make it double figures? :hmz:

Come on Inyanga 1 :k No pressure. :k


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umtali1 wrote
Who will be that person to make it double figures? :hmz:

Come on Inyanga 1 :k No pressure. :k


:think: so much for thursday evening away from the screens..
answers in...
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Well, here we are with Bird ID #35.

As this is my first attempt at being the CM, the degree of difficulty might not be what some of you are expecting. Anyway, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

So here we go.......

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Name two birds in this challenge that are intra-african breeding migrants.

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One of these is known as one of the "Big Six" birds of South Africa. Name them.

There are a possible 18 marks in total!

Happy paging! :D :D

If anyone, whether a regular participant or passing observor, has ideas as to how we can attract more participants. we would be greatful for your feedback :think:


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Nice one umtali, especially the additional questions :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Answers for Challenge # 34 - 2014

Thanks to all for entering the 1st 2 weekly ID challenge. In all there were 12 participants and the average score was 6/10, so nice improvement over my last LBJ challenge :D

Just rather disappointing that the number of entries was still quite low even on the 2 weekly challenge :( :(

1. Green-capped Eremomela
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Nice easy one to start off with - no problems here as just about everyone got it correct :thumbs_up:


2. Pin-tailed Whydah (non-breeding male)
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Also proved to be very easy with most mites getting it correct. Red bill and very distinct facial/head streaking were best features.


3. Black-crowned Night-Heron (juvenile)
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

This bird proved to be quite tough with only 4 mites getting it correct. Most guesses were for Green-backed or Squacco Heron, where I agree that young birds would be tough to separate, as the size of the bird in a photo is impossible to tell :? The large orange-yellow eye is probably the best clue to get to this ID. Streaked brown on buff under parts also help.


4. White-breasted Cuckooshrike (female)
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Another one that I really thought would be fairly easy but ended up being extremely hard with only 1 person getting it correct (well done Barryels :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: ). I suppose it is the strange way the bird is posing and tucking her head in, and the angle of the photo that threw everyone off. Most incorrect answers were for Brown-backed Honeybird, other Honeyguides, Marico/Ashy Flycatcher and even Banded Martin :shock:
This was the famous bird that showed up in Groenkloof, Pretoria last year that caused quite a big twitch at the time. Grey upperparts and white breast and throat (for the female) as well as pitch black eye and white eye-ring distinctive.

Here is a photo from another angle that shows the bird much better.

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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr


5. Black-bellied Bustard
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

No real problems here with most of you getting it correct. The complete white cheek and black stripe down the throat and neck were best clues.
Did everyone notice the huge fat tick on this bird’s head :D :D


6. White-backed Mousebird
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Easy one this as all got it correct :thumbs_up:


7. Neddicky
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This LBJ posed no major problems with 8/12 getting it correct. Rufous crown and plain unmarked back and short tail - which separate it from Lazy Cisticola which was the most common incorrect answer provided.


8. Mountain Wheatear/Chat (grey form)
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

I had hoped to trick a few of you with this bird, as it is more often black with varying degrees of white or grey, and a full grey one like this is not nearly as common. Clearly I did not fool many of you – well done :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: The clear white shoulder patch was the giveaway feature.


9. European Honey Buzzard
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

5/12 got this one correct. With the extremely variable plumage of this species, the Buzzard like JISS with nice big yellow eye was the best pointer in this bird, as well as “smallish” head.


10. Long-billed Pipit
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Untitled by trevor.charters, on Flickr

I thought this would be by far the toughest bird, but was pleasantly surprised that quite a few of you got it correct – well done :clap: Less distinctly marked face and fainter breast markings (not nearly as dark/pronounced as Striped Pipit) as well as pink base to bill should have got you there – and in this photo the bill does actually look longer than normal (although this is not a feature that can be picked up in the field).
The harsh morning light on this bird’s flanks seem to make the wing panels appear “yellowish” so hence the common incorrect answer of African Rock Pipit.

The bonus bird was a Juvi Sickle-winged Chat :D

Hope you all enjoyed the challenge and have a great weekend :D

Trevor

P.S. Would like to get your feedback if you think this last challenge was either too easy, too tough, or was it a nice mix of easy and tricky ones?


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Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:35 am Unread post
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Answers for Challenge # 34 - 2014

Thanks to all for entering the 1st 2 weekly ID challenge. In all there were 12 participants and the average score was 6/10, so nice improvement over my last LBJ challenge :D
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Trevor

P.S. Would like to get your feedback if you think this last challenge was either too easy, too tough, or was it a nice mix of easy and tricky ones?
Thanks for the challenge :clap:

Unfortunately the 'grey'or 'melantistic' forms of birds get very little coverage in reference material so I (UK) never get these correct, just like the rare visitor ones.

well as i got 5/10 and the average was 6/10 a nice 'mix of easy and tricky ones' seems ok to me.

Some might like a mix of 'easy and easier ones' :slap: , occasionally.

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:07 am Unread post
[quote Some might like a mix of 'easy and easier ones' :slap: , occasionally. [/quote]


:D :D :D Ha-ha - will keep that in mind for next time :thumbs_up:


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Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:27 am Unread post
Thanks for the answers TrevorC :thumbs_up:

Would never have got the cuckoo shrike in a month of Sundays :wall: :wall: :wall:

As for balance, pretty much ok. I do like seeing a bird that requires only to be double checked every now and then. :thumbs_up:

Like my SO, I struggle with the birds that come in a variety of shades :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

Look forward to your next challenge :thumbs_up:


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Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:43 pm Unread post
Thank you for challenge #35/2014 umtali1! Your first challenge! Looking forward to it! :dance: :dance:

Thank you for the answers to #34/2014 TrevorC! I would never get the Night Heron or the Cuckoo Shrike, and I am never sure of the Pipits! :doh: Thank you for a great challenge! :clap: :clap:

I think this challenge was a good mix between easy and difficult, but we really need the difficult ones! :wink:

Have a great weekend! :gflower:
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