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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Tessa G » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:38 pm

Thanks Hilda

Done :thumbs_up: on my own with no help from Dave :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:12 am

Only 5/8 for #6. Bit :evil: :wall: but still good fun. :gflower:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:16 am

I am almost ready with my answers, but no 4 ... eish ... no4 ... :wall: :wall: :wall:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:23 pm

My downfall too..... :wall: :wall: :wall: and a typo mistake. :doh: Brain cell vacated its space :doh:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:59 pm

umtali1 wrote:and a typo mistake. Brain cell vacated its space


Mine would have too if I had a brand new Grandie on the way and an upcoming visit to my favourite place umtali1! :gflower:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:46 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:I am almost ready with my answers, but no 4 ... eish ... no4 ... :wall: :wall: :wall:

Karin
That one and its sucessor is my problem to. It's a 'mite' less easy than some in #6
but
we just have to keep looking ....Image
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Tessa G » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:58 pm

I had a very quiet day at work and slowly went through each category of bird, eliminating those that it obviously wasn't, like raptors, penguins etc :lol: ....made a short list of possible categories and then plowed through each bird in the respective category, but it was a :wall: :wall:

Dont know if that may help
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:16 pm

Tessa G wrote:I had a very quiet day at work and slowly went through each category of bird, eliminating those that it obviously wasn't, like raptors, penguins etc :lol: ....made a short list of possible categories and then plowed through each bird in the respective category, but it was a :wall: :wall:

Dont know if that may help


I do the same. Round 1 for no 4 did not get a result. Round 2 tonight.

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Birding school for ducklings - have a go

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:48 pm

Hi,

For those new / potential entrants to this 'school' I encourage you to 'have a go'.

I was definitely NOT A BIRDIE a year or so ago. I click when SO says that's another 'lifer'
(there seems to be a lot of them around).

Through the challenges i have built up a bit of knowledge so i think I can now tell the main difference between a warbler and a cistocola
(the head :hmz: ?).

I might even be able to get to the 'family' (i.e the section in SASOL) before having to work out the 'species' and then try and hone in on the bird in question.

Someone recently pointed out that it isn't a 'test' but a way of learning. So If you have 3 answers then put them in as 3/8 is better than 0/0. Better still the challenge setters generally will guide you if you are off-track and then of course you are learning.

Sometimes I get stuck and submit half attempts with ?? for the others and say ' I might fill those ?? in later'

I can only thank the setters :clap: :clap: for helping me get better than 0/0...

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby hilda » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:18 am

I LOVE all your strategies and way of eliminating some and make the right choices in the end, making notes of all your tips for later use myself! You are all doing GREAT! :dance: :dance:

Friday the 13th might be a lucky day for some! I only had three (and a half) entrants so far, need another nine for the Raptor Guide to be won!

Sunday midnight is still a few hours away, and you can even enter early on Monday morning as well. I will post the answers on Monday at 12:00 to give all a chance to still enter! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:41 am

Again no luck with no 4 last night. Hopefully by Sunday I will get it.

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Tessa G » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:53 am

Come mites.....we must have some more ducklings out there :pray:

This is such a great learning tool and you will be thankful you have had this fun time when you do your next Kruger trip.

:clap: :clap:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:53 am

Tessa G wrote:Come mites.....we must have some more ducklings out there :pray:

This is such a great learning tool and you will be thankful you have had this fun time when you do your next Kruger trip.

:clap: :clap:

Agreed Tessa G :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

I think we are guilty of taking these tooooo seriously :hmz:

As for me, when I first started I had never heard of some of the birds/species and a lot of replies went in with ? alongside the number. Frequently I was getting 0 or 1 and almost laid claim to the wooden spoon. :lol: Now I can answer some without the book :dance: and can even recognise the species (well, in most cases :doh: ). So I must have learned a huge amount :dance: :dance:

So the positives from having a go are numerous; in particular the richness of the birdlife on your doorsteps and not confined to the parks :mrgreen: :mrgreen: and, by being aware of the birds, you will notice so much more all around you.

Remember this is a school for beginners, so the birds are more than likely to be fairly common :think: Enjoy it :great: and don't :wall: over it!
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:22 am

hilda was so kind to point me in the direction of this school. I am really looking forward to learn a lot.

Have to agree with Karin Mitton, that number 4 is headache :wall: :wall: ,

Will submit my first set of many answers soon :thumbs_up:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:19 pm

Welcome to the Ducklings, Pietskiet :thumbs_up:

It's not worth the headache......... 8)
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