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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

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Hi All
Time for a late Christmas present for anyone that's got time on their hands and nothing better to do
All pics taken at Sunset dam on Christmas day

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Enjoy and may you all have a super 2016
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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:04 am

Dear All,

Hope everybody will have a wonderful 2016 and that the first challenge for the year is an easy one to get the grey stuff working :D .

Here is challenge no.1 of 2016:

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:02 am

Hi All,

Thanks to everybody who participated in the first challenge of 2016 :gflower: . Sorry to report that we still did not reach the target of 15 participants by only 2 :doh: .

Hope everybody did enjoy this challenge and looking at the results, there could have been quite a few more 100% with a bit more concentration :roll: .

My apologies for not giving you the detail ID pointers for this challenge but I have some real issues with my laptop since Thursday and cannot open any documents or apps currently, which I will have to get fixed today :doh: .

Challenge 2 of 2016 will be posted later today when my laptop will hopefully be fixed :tongue:


1. Village Weaver: Not much problems here.

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2. Red-throated Wryneck: Not much problems here.

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3. Olive Woodpecker: No problems here.

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4. Golden Weaver (Rob 7) : This was one of the stumbling blocks in this challenge, mainly due to the fact that it was confused with the Cape Weaver. Male Cape Weaver usually has upper parts darker and more strongly marked, with chestnut wash on face and bill distinctly slender.

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5. Stierling's Wren Warbler: Not much problems here.

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6. Mountain Wagtail: The confusing species here was the Cape Wagtail that has a shorter tail, olive-grey (not bluish-grey) upper parts, and less distinct supercilium. Underparts dirty grey (not white); breast band broader.

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7. Pink-throated Twinspot: Again the confusing species played a roll here. The Red-throated was given as answer here which has a darker, red (not pink) face, throat and breast, grey (not warm brown) crown and crisp white (not pinkish-white) flank spots.

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8. Livingstone's Turaco: Most participants confused this bird with the Knysna Turaco. The main difference between the two birds is in the crest. The Knysna Turaco has a rounded crest, whilst the Livingstone's Turaco has a pointed crest.

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9. Caspian Tern: No problems here.

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10. Greater Double-collard Sunbird: Not much problems here.

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:07 am

My apologies for only posting challenge 2 of 2016 today but I had some computer problems and could not post till it was fixed yesterday :doh: .

Participants will have till Monday night (25 Jan 2016) to send in their answers as a result of the above :thumbs_up: .

Enjoy :D .

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:26 am

Here we go with challenge no. 3 of 2016 :thumbs_up: .

Enjoy :D .

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:40 am

I can see that we are nearly back to normal with the 'mites entering challenges for 2016 :D .

The average scores are getting better.

We had 10 participants for challenge 2 and hopefully it will be higher soon :hmz: .

Most of the missed ID’s occurred with reference to no’s. 3, 5 and 7.

Here are the answers:

1. Black Cuckoo Shrike

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2. Verreaux’s Eagle

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3. Lark-like Bunting: Ad: Crown and nape buffy brown, finely streaked with olive-brown; cheeks and ear coverts buffy brown. Indistinct supercilium and moustachial stripe pale pinkish buff. Neck, mantle and back as crown, but streaking heavier on mantle, lighter on lower back. Rump buffy brown, upper tail coverts olive-brown. Tail olive-brown, all rectrices finely edged buff. Primaries dark brown, edged cinnamon; secondaries dark brown, edged pinkish cinnamon. Lesser and median coverts pinkish cinnamon, feathers with dark brown centres. Greater coverts cinnamon, with dark brown centres. Axillaries and underwing coverts pinkish buff. Throat pale pinkish buff. Breast dark buff, shading to pinkish buff on belly and undertail coverts. Upper mandible dark horn, lower mandible pale horn. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown. (Roberts Multi Media)

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4. Lizard Buzzard

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5. Grey-backed Camaroptera: Ad br: Forehead to hind neck, lores, cheeks and ear coverts greyish brown. Mantle, back and rump lead grey, rump feathers tipped paler grey. Upper tail coverts and tail brown. Upper wing coverts brown, broadly edged yellowish olive. Flight feathers dark brown; inner edges of primaries paler brown, outer edges of secondaries and P1-P8 yellowish olive. Marginal and lesser upper wing coverts yellow, axillaries and remaining coverts white. Chin to upper breast pale grey, sparingly mottled buff; lower breast, belly and flanks buffy white. Sides of belly and flanks washed grey; thighs orange-buff. Bill greenish black, black or dark horn. Eyes brown or hazel to pale buff or orange. Legs and feet fleshy pink, pale brown or pale pinkish brown. (Roberts Multi Media)

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6. Yellow Canary

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7. Red-faced Cisticola: Ad br: Face pale rufous to tawny red, with indistinct pale supercilium. Forecrown rusty buff, grading into pale olive-grey on remainder of upper parts, incl wings. Tail olive-grey, with dark brown subterminal band and greyish-brown tip. Underwing coverts rufous-buff; axillaries olivaceous-buff. Chin, throat and centre of belly plain silky white, remainder of underparts suffused with rich buff, sides washed smoky grey. Upper mandible blackish, lower mandible paler, pinkish white at base. Eyes pale brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown. Ad non-br: As br ad, but crown and nape browner, upper parts more olivaceous; tail tip white. Underparts rich rufous-buff. (Roberts Multi Media)

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8. Black Cuckoo

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9. Red-necked Falcon

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10. Fiscal Common

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:56 am

Morning All :D ,

Another easy challenge to start a new month with :dance: .

Here is challenge no. 4 of 2016. Enjoy :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:12 am

Seems that everybody enjoyed this challenge :D .

It is a shame that some of our regular participants just did not have the time to participate in challenge no. 3 of 2016 :doh: .

We had eleven (11) participants for this challenge and only needed another 3 to give the book away :D .

Everybody did quite well with eight (8) getting full marks :clap: .

Here are the birdies we were looking for:

1) Pied Kingfisher
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2) Cattle Egret
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3 ) Spotted Thick-knee
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4) Yellow-crowned Bishop
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5) Banded Martin
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6) Pied starling
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7) Spotted Eagle Owl
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8 ) Cape bunting
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9) Ant Eating chat
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10) Female South African Shellduck
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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:05 am

Maybe I should add some difficulty to the challenges to put the brakes on isinkwe :wink: .

Thanks to everybody that participated this week. I know that some of our ‘mites cannot participate each week, but thanks for entering when you can. It is much appreciated.
Here are the results of challenge no. 4 of 2016.
We had 11 (eleven) participants and everybody did amazing. It seems that everybody did learn fast to look at the finer ID pointers.
We only had some problems with nos. 5 and 9 as a result of the confusing species of these two birds.


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2. Pied kingfisher

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5. Little Grebe/Dabchick

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6. African Black Duck

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7. Green-backed Heron

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8. Red-knobbed Coot

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9. Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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10. Violet-backed Starling

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:52 am

Here is challenge no. 5 of 2016

Another easy one for this week :hmz: .

Enjoy and hopefully we will have at least 14 entrants :thumbs_up: .

Enjoy :D .

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by barryels » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:43 am

Here are the answers to challenge 5 of 2016.

We only had 10 (ten) participants.

The two birds that gave the most problems for a full score this week was nos. 2 and 5 :doh: .

Thanks to all for participating :thumbs_up: .

1. Swift Tern

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2. White-fronted Plover

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3. Grey-headed Gull

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4. Kelp Gull

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5. Ruddy Turnstone

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6. Hartlaub’s Gull

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7. Blacksmith Lapwing

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8. Mocking Cliff Chat

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9. Yellow-billed Stork

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10. Egyptian goslings/ducklings

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:00 am

Good morning fellow Ducklings!

Here is Duckling Challenge #6/2016:

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Enjoy! :gflower:
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Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:17 am

Maybe it is due to the heatwaves, but I only received 13 entries for Duckling Challenge #6/2016. Only two short for the book to be won! :wall:

Thank you all for participating! You have all done very well:

8 'mites had 10/10
4 'mites had 9/10
1 'mite had 7/10

These results tell me the challenge was very easy, or the Ducklings are now ready for the Bird ID Challenges (those who are not participating there already as well.)

I'm only giving explanations (from Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa) where some experienced problems:

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No. 1 = Brubru

Ad male: Crown black, colour extending forwards as narrow triangle to base of bill. Supercilia white, broad and long, almost meeting on forehead and extending back to nape. Lores white, with blackish loral spot in front of eye. Ear coverts black, extending back to black nape. Mantle black laterally, buffy white centrally; scapulars white. Back black, with large white spots along midline. Rump feathers with grey bases, large white subterminal patches, and black tips; long and fluffy. Upper tail coverts black. Tail black, outer rectrices tipped white. Primary coverts black, each with large white oval patch along inner web. Greater coverts black, three innermost feathers with broad white to cream outer margins and tips. Median coverts cream to white, lesser coverts black. Primaries black, with narrow white edges; secondaries and tertials black, but 3 inner secondaries with broad white outer margins. White in wing forms conspicuous bar on folded wing. Undersides of flight feathers grey, with white inner margins. Underwing coverts and axillaries white. Underparts white, with chestnut patches from sides of breast to lower flanks. Bill black, hooked; upper mandible with prominent notch. Eyes dark reddish brown. Legs and feet grey. Ad female: As ad male, but black of upper parts replaced with brown. Chin, throat and upper breast with blackish streaking. Chestnut breast patches smaller; flanks pale rufous.

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No. 2 = Southern Boubou

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No. 3 = White-breasted Cuckooshrike

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No. 4 = Little Egret

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No. 5 = Red-billed Firefinch

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No. 6 = Black-necked Grebe

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No. 7 = Common Moorhen

Ad: Overall slate-black, nape paler, tinged olive-brown. Mantle dark slate. Back and rump dark olive-brown. Tail black, tinged olive-brown and glossed green. Tertials dark olive-brown. Upper wing coverts slate blue-grey. White stripe along upper flanks. Central (shortest) undertail coverts black, remainder white. Bill bright red, tipped yellow; frontal shield bright red. Eyes crimson. Legs and feet yellow, upper tibia orange to orange-red.

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No. 8 = White-fronted Plover

Ad male: Frons, forecrown and supercilium white, mid-crown crossed by blackish band; remainder of crown sandy grey, feathers fringed pale brown to off-white. Lores blackish brown, colour extending in narrow stripe behind eye to ear coverts. Remainder of face and nuchal collar white. Mantle, back and rump greyish to sandy grey, feathers fringed pale brown to off-white. Upper tail coverts and tail centrally blackish, laterally white. Primaries and secondaries dark brown, with bases, inner webs and shafts white. Coverts brownish grey, edged sandy brown; greater coverts tipped white. Pale dusky-brown lateral patch on upper breast. Lower breast and upper belly sometimes washed salmon or chestnut; remainder of underparts white. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pale grey to green-grey or pale green. Ad female: As ad male, but black band on crown narrower and less well defined, sometimes absent.

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No. 9 = White-browed Robin-Chat

Ad: Crown, lores and ear coverts black; supercilium white, broadening over ear coverts. Mantle, back and scapulars greyish to olive-brown. Rump and upper tail coverts orange. Rectrices orange, except for greyish-brown central pair and outer webs of outer pair. Upper wing coverts bluish slate; flight feathers greyish brown. Axillaries and underwing coverts orange. Entire underparts immaculate orange. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet greyish brown.

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No. 10 = Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler

Ad: Forehead brownish grey, crown and remainder of upper parts, incl scapulars and upper wing coverts, dull blue-grey or brownish grey. Cheeks, ear coverts and sides of neck brownish grey. Tail black, tipped and edged white, white tips broadening laterally. Flight feathers dark brown, edged grey; primary coverts blackish, fringed grey and very narrowly tipped whitish. Chin and throat white, boldly streaked black. Breast and belly grey, rear vent and undertail coverts bright chestnut (diagnostic). Bill black. Eyes white, greyish white or cream. Legs and feet slaty black.

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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:25 am

Good morning again fellow Ducklings! Herewith Duckling Challenge #7/2016 - also not very difficult:
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Re: Birding School for Ducklings: 2016

Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:46 am

Good morning Ducklings! Hope you are all well on this last (and extra) day in February 2016! :D

We had 11 (eleven) entries for Duckling challenge #7/2016, and the scores were as follows:

4 'mites scored 10/10 - Congratulations!
3 'mites scored 9/10 - Also very well done!
3 'mites scored 8/10 - Very well done!
1 'mite scored 7/10 - Very well done!

Here are the answers with explanations as per Roberts'Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa:

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No. 1 = Little Swift

Ad: Upper parts mostly brownish black. Forehead and lores grey-brown; supercilium narrow, whitish. Velvety black patch immediately in front of eye. Mantle and back glossy blue-black. Rump with broad white band (ca 15 mm) extending onto flanks, visible from below. Lower rump may show dark streaking when worn. Upper tail coverts grey-brown, tipped whitish. Tail dark grey-brown; short and square, appearing rounded when spread. Upper wing generally dark brown, blacker towards body; leading edge whitish. Most primaries and primary coverts fringed white when fresh; secondaries may have pale tips. Underside of flight feathers silvery grey. Underwing coverts and axillaries dull black or grey, narrowly fringed white. Chin and throat whitish, bordered dark brown, appearing grey and mottled when worn. Remainder of underparts dark brownish black, feathers fringed pale when fresh; pale bases visible when worn. Undertail silvery grey, appearing translucent when spread. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet purplish black.

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No. 2 = Grey-rumped Swallow

Ad: Forehead, crown and nape brown, narrow buff edges to feathers giving slightly scaly appearance. Ear coverts darker brown, lores black, upper margins of both sometimes fringed by narrow, pale supercilium. Mantle and lower back glossy deep blue, mantle feathers with white bases (sometimes visible). Rump grey-brown, upper tail coverts darker, feathers fringed pale buff when fresh. Tail deeply forked, brownish black, with dull blue wash; rectrices fringed buff when fresh, abrading with wear. Scapulars and wing coverts deep blue. Flight feathers brownish black, with dull blue wash, undersides blackish grey; underwing coverts white. Underparts creamy white, chin to breast with pinkish wash when fresh (fading rapidly). Undertail blackish grey. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet pale to dark brown.

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No. 3 = Cape Sugarbird

Ad: Forehead straw-coloured, indistinctly streaked blackish. Crown blackish brown, feathers edged buff; nape blackish brown. Lores and ear coverts brownish. Malar stripe brown, bordered above by white stripe. Hind neck to mantle brown, blotched blackish. Back olive-brown, with diffuse black streaking. Rump and upper tail coverts yellowish olive green. Tail greyish, blackening distally. Upper wing coverts brown, narrowly edged olive; flight feathers dark brown above, shiny greyish brown below. Underwing coverts brown. Chin and throat white to off-white. Upper and mid-breast brown, feather tips buffy, crescent-shaped. Lower breast and belly whitish or greyish white, with bold black and brown streaking, densest on sides. Flanks buff, heavily streaked dark brown. Undertail coverts bright yellow. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black.

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No. 4 = Black-winged Stilt

Ad male br: Mantle, scapulars and entire upper and underwings jet black; small white triangle adjacent to body at leading edge of underwing. Remainder of plumage white, but some with variable amount of black or black mottling on crown and nape. Bill black, long and very thin. Eyes black, rimmed red (appear red in field). Legs and feet vermilion. Ad male non-br: As br male, but with variable dusky markings on crown and nape; legs slightly duller red. Ad female br & non-br: As non-br male, but generally has more dusky markings on crown and nape. Mantle, scapulars, tertials and tertial coverts brown, fringed paler.

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No. 5 = Sanderling

Ad br: Head, neck and upper mantle chestnut (extent and intensity variable; female often paler)3, streaked blackish brown; central forehead and crown darkest. Indistinct, narrow black loral stripe extends as eye stripe to ear coverts. Lower mantle feathers, scapulars and tertials blackish, rufous-edged and white-tipped; some non-br tertials retained. Back, rump and central upper tail coverts black, narrowly fringed rufous; some non-br (dull grey) feathers retained. Central rectrices blackish, narrowly fringed white. Outer rectrices progressively paler grey, with increasing amount of white at bases of inner webs. Lesser upper wing coverts and primary coverts black, inner primary coverts tipped white. Median and greater upper wing coverts grey, former narrowly edged whitish, latter broadly tipped white. Outer primaries dark grey (blackish on outer webs, inner webs basally white). Inner primaries with basal 50% white; shafts white. Secondaries white basally, dark grey distally. White of flight feathers and coverts forms broad, conspicuous wing bar. Chin white, variably tinged rufous. Throat, foreneck and upper breast rufous (often paler in female), finely speckled black. Rufous extends down sides of lower breast, where black markings become 'U'-shaped, or chevrons. Remainder of underparts white. Underwing coverts and axillaries white (grey bases to lesser coverts form narrow, dark leading edge); flight feathers pale grey to white from below, trailing edge darker. Bill black, shorter than head length, slightly drooped, with bulbous tip; narrow white ring of feathers around base. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black. Ad non-br: Overall very pale grey above, white below. Forehead and supercilium white, lores spotted grey; dark smudge in front of and below eye. Crown, ear coverts and sides and back of neck pale grey; feather shafts dark. Mantle to upper tail coverts pale grey, feathers narrowly edged white, with dark shafts. Lateral tail coverts and edges of rump white, longest tail coverts black. Primary and lesser upper wing coverts black, latter tipped white. Dark lesser coverts form distinctive black carpal patch on folded wing. Remainder of upper wing and tail as br ad. Underparts white, except for small grey patches on sides of upper breast.

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No. 6 = Red-capped Robin-Chat

Ad: Crown brown to cinnamon-rufous; face orange. Back greyish brown, shading to orange on rump and upper tail coverts. Tail orange, central rectrices black. Scapulars and upper wing coverts slate-blue; flight feathers dark brown. Underwing coverts and axillaries orange. Underparts orange. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish grey.

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No. 7 = Macaroni Penguin

Ad: Head and throat black, with long golden plumes from forehead along sides of head above eyes, extending into broad, loose crests. Remainder of upper parts blue-black; usually has small white spot just above base of tail. Upper side of flipper black, with thin white trailing edge. Underside of flipper white, with black tip and black leading edge along basal portion. Throat black; remainder of underparts white. Bill brownish red, with slightly paler tip; gape fleshy-pink and massive. Eyes dull red. Legs and feet dirty pink, with dark soles.

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No. 8 = Osprey

Ad: Dark brown above, feathers narrowly tipped white. Crown white, forehead dark brown, streaked white. Broad, dark brown or blackish band through eye. Tail dark brown, tipped buff; central pair of rectrices plain, remainder with white inner webs, barred brown distally. Outer primaries blackish, inner webs mottled brown; inner primaries and secondaries dark brown, with white barring on inner webs. Underwing coverts white, with dark carpal patches and dark band across greater coverts. Remainder of underwing barred dark and pale grey. Chin and throat white, lower throat and upper breast brownish; remainder of underparts white. Undertail barred dark and pale grey.

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No. 9 = Red-backed Mannikin

Ad: Head and nape black, with greenish gloss. Mantle and back rich chestnut, rump barred black and white. Tail black. Lesser and median wing coverts rich chestnut. Greater coverts and tertials black, with chestnut margins. Flight feathers black, with white spots along outer webs, forming barred panel on folded wing. Axillaries and underwing coverts white. Throat and upper breast black, with greenish gloss. Lower breast, belly and undertail coverts white; flanks irregularly barred black. Bill uniform pale blue-grey. Eyes brown. Legs and feet blackish grey.

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No. 10 = Karoo Korhaan

Ad male: Head and neck plain grey-brown with paler moustachial stripe; nape with black patch. Remainder of upper parts, incl upper wing coverts, grey-brown, finely vermiculated dark brown. Remiges and primary coverts blackish brown, with creamy buff bases, forming pale panel in outer wing in flight. Underwing coverts creamy buff, with blackish-brown tips; secondaries mostly blackish, but large, creamy bases to primaries. Throat black, extending as narrow streak down foreneck; remainder of underparts plain grey-brown, paling slightly on belly. Bill dark horn, paler at base. Eyes greyish brown. Legs dull yellow. Ad female: As male, but throat patch less extensive, lacking black stripe on foreneck. Mantle, scapulars and wing coverts more heavily marked, with blackish blotches.

Thank you all for participating! :gflower:

Although we are off to KNP on Wednesday, the challenges will still be posted as usual. Both laptops are going with. :thumbs_up:

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