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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Ladybirder » Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:06 am

ID Challenge 1-2016

Our very first Challenge, hope you will enjoy.Hope its a fair challenge. No 11 for a bonus point, only name the spesie. Was assisted by Glasogie and some of the photos are her's aswell.

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No 9.
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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by hilda » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:30 am

Thank you for our very first Bird ID Challenge of 2016 Ladybirder! :gflower:

Look what we found!

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This bird guide will be up for grabs for 25 plus CM = 26 participants in this or next challenges! :dance: :dance:

At the price of this book, we cannot let it go for 20 participants. :tongue:
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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Ladybirder » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:44 am

When starting with the challenge have a good look at the following :

Look at bill, shape,size and colour
Look at the eye, Eye ring and colour
Is there any Eyebrow, or bar accross the breast or throat
wings, any bars on wing, panel in wing, length of wing
Tail, colour, length, Plain or marked, shape.
crown, colour and plain or marked
Upper and underparts , colour and markings
Proportion of eg tail and wing, Head and body

Please look again at the challenge every photo has pointers telling you its ID
Good luck.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Pjw » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:46 am

Bird I. D. Challenge No 2 2016
For those who haven’t done one of my Quizzes before..... I’m not a photographer so have utilised this method of identifying birds When I began birding about 10 years ago I was taught to take brief notes when I saw the bird, so that once it flew away (as they all do) before I had identified it at least I would have some useful written information which would help me to ID the bird after its departure. I developed my own short-hand so I could write this detail down quickly before the bird left. Also, habits an habitat are left till last as you will know what habitat you are in and are more likely to remember if it was perched, on the ground , eating seeds, fruit etc than if the eyes were yellow, beak yellow etc.
The notes were to be taken in the following format:
1) Size or “GISS” (general impression, shape and size) – relative a bird we all know e.g. a Cape sparrow, a Cape turtle Dove, a Fish eagle, A guinea fowl
2) The bill e.g. seed eater , insect eater etc and its colour
3) The legs- Colour and length, feathers if looking at a raptor etc
4) The plumage- overall impression of colour, specific markings e.g.- eye stripe, malar stripe, eye colour etc.
5) Habits, e.g. ? Terrestrial? Perched hunting, Hunting “on the wing” skulking in the bushes etc
6) Habitat
So in this challenge I will be giving you the above information and perhaps some nesting information, just for interest, and any other interesting information I can find on the bird. I will also tell you “where you are” for each individual bird. I will also give the time of year if it is a migrant
Remember that in field guides like Newman’s, the birds are grouped mainly according to feeding habits, so if the bill is “seed eater” go to the back of the book where all the seedeaters are found. This will speed up your detective efforts
Hope everyone enjoys this different format
Good luck

Bird 1:

Size: About the size of a cape turtle dove
Bill: Curved at the tip, yellow cere
Legs: Yellow
Plumage: Greyish head streaked, upper body spotted Lower body streaked. General colour rufous. Yellow eye ring. Grey tail
Habits: Alone, sitting on a telephone wire. Silent
Habitat: Eastern Free State grasslands
Nesting: Usually in a recess or crack in a rock face in mountainous areas. No actual nest is built. Eggs are laid in a scrape in the rock recess.3-4 eggs in a clutch, usually laid in spring

Bird 2:

Size: About the size of a cape Turtle Dove
Bill: Curved yellow cere. Tip dark
Legs: yellow
Plumage: Rufous. Tail grey with dark bars. Upper body barred coarsely. Under parts streaked Yellow eye ring
Habits: Alone, Perched on a telephone pole
Habitat: Maize fields, eastern Free State
Nesting: Often uses old nests of pied and Cape crows. 3-4 eggs laid in Sep-Oct

Bird 3:

Size: About the size of Cape Turtle Dove. Slender build
Bill: Hooked tip, pale grey yellow cere
Legs: yellow
Plumage: Upper parts slate grey. Cap and moustachial stripe are slate grey
Throat and cheeks are white. Under-parts are heavily streaked Rufous on upper legs and lower belly
Habits and habitat: Perched unobtrusively in a large tree near a dam in the Northern Province. Observed hunting and feeding ‘on the wing’ at dusk after a thunderstorm. Seen in January

Bird 4:

Size: Smaller than a Cape turtle dove, but larger than a house sparrow
Bill: Insect feeder. Pale pink
Legs: dull grey
Plumage: nondescript. White outer tail feathers, ear coverts with a pale patch
Habits: Calling from a small branch. Sounds like” Victorrrrr”
Habitat: In the Acacia veldt of Mapungubwe
Nesting: Parasitize many species, but mostly those that species that tunnel nest in earth banks

Bird 5:

Size: Smaller than a guinea fowl
Bill: Short, light grey. Pointed
Legs: Red
Plumage: dark cap, white eyebrow. Tail raised. Rufous streaked back
Habits: Noisy, pecking in rhino midden 2 adults and a few chicks
Habitat: Seen in Southern Kruger along the Crocodile River
Nests: A scrape in the ground 5-6 six eggs laid in Oct and November

Bird 6:

Size: Larger than a cape turtle dove. Upright stance
Bill: bright red pointed bill
Legs: long, bright red
Plumage: grey hood, yellow eyes, white under parts, grey back, In flight outer primaries are black
Habits and habitats: Seen at East Rand Mall (Boksburg, Gauteng) car park feeding around the litter
Nesting: Colonial breeder on in land lakes. Nest is a shallow bowl built with twigs grass and weed stems. 2-3 eggs are laid in the clutch in winter months.
Incubated by male and female

Bird 7

Size: Taller than a cape Turtle Dove. Upright stance
Bill: yellow with black tip
Legs: Long bright yellow
Plumage: streaked neck, mainly brown with black face and white forehead. Yellow wattles
Habitat: Seen near the dam in short grass at Modderfontein reserve in Gauteng
[b]Habits[b In a small group, noisy
[b]Nesting
:[/b] Nest is a shallow scrape in the ground. Winter breeder, lays 3-4 eggs
An interesting observation is than in the hotter climate of Zambia the parents may wet their belly to cool the eggs, but this has not been observed in South Africa

Bird 8:

Size: Similar to a Guinea fowl, but build more slender and streamlined
Bill: Large, decurved, redish-orange, tiny yellow base
Legs: can’t really see them probably short and dark
Plumage: dark brown upper parts, white under parts, black tail with white tips
Habits and Habitat: Seen in coastal forest of Northern KwaZulu –Natal in a large tree feeding on insects
Nesting: Nest built in a hole in the trunk of a tree. Female is sealed in the nest by the male who then feeds her for 10 weeks it takes to incubate the 3-4 eggs in the clutch. Breeds in October and November.

Bird 9:

Size: Similar to a Cape Turtle Dove. Body appears more slender than the dove
Bill: pointed with a slight curve. Base half of bill is yellow, rest is black
Legs: short, pinkish
Plumage: overall impression is darkish grey back, lighter underparts. Underparts are light grey with slightly darker narrow bars. Under tail is black and barred. Dark eye with yellow eye ring
Habitat: Seen in an acacia near Satara
Habits: Foraging among the leaves of the acacia

Nesting: Parasitizes Fork-tailed drongos. Lays 1 egg per host nest in November and December

Bird 10:

Size: Slightly smaller than a cape sparrow. Similar build
Bill: seed eater, grey top mandible, lighter lower mandible
Legs: short, pale
Plumage: Black head with white streaks, cinnamon colour body.
Habits and habitat: Seen at a resort near Bela-bela (Warm Baths). Feeding on the ground
Nesting: nest is an open cup placed in a shallow scrape on the ground, usually well concealed. Lays 2-3 eggs in most months of the year.
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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread post by Ladybirder » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:56 pm

Answers of Challenge 1
NOTE only the features visible on the photo is mentioned in the answers.There was 16 enteries.
2 scored 8
2 scored 7
3 scored 6
1 scored 6 1/2
3 scored 5
3 scored 4
2 scored 2
The two most difficult ones were the Southern masked Weaver and the Albino Common fiscal. 3/18
the easiest was the Pygmy Goose 15/18

Well done to jakkie Human and Gatita for scoring 8

#1 Bateleur Juvenile 12
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The tail is shorter than wings- clearly visible. Large head ( loosly feathered) Juv. brown

#2 Terrestrial Bulbul 4
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Upperparts and tail Brownish. Throat white. Breast and belly also white .Eyering white.

#3 White-fronted Bee-eater 13
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Upperparts and wings green. Underparts rich buffy. Tail green, nape and back of head buffy. Tail ends square.

#4 African Pigmy Goose. Female 15
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Shape and size of bill, the shape is goose-like.Bill orange. Dark markings on face,Sides and flanks chestnut, Dark brown back and crown.

#5 European Honey Buzzard Dark form. 8
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head Pigeon-like appearance, yellow eye , Bill black with yellow cere. Underparts dark brown and blotched white.

#6 Southern Masked weaver Female breeding 3
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Throat and breast yellow. wing feathers greyish-brown edged yellow, Legs pink and eye dark.Some females are more yellow in breeding than the others.

#7 Bar-throated Apalis 8
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Pale eye. White outertail feathers ,Pink legs, bar slightly visible on throat. Upperparts dark grey with a touch of olive green.Underparts white.

#8 Common Fiscal. Albino 3
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Shrike like bill. Tail longish and overall giss. Photo taken at Underberg.

#9 Collared palm Thrush. 5
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Tail and wings chestnut colour. Primaries tipped grey, face grey going round to back of neck, upper back brownish,Crown chestnut, underparts pale.

#10 Arnot's Chat male 7
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Plain black bird with white shoulder patch and crown. Not white on vent as in Mountain Wheatear

#11 Burchell's Coucal. 8
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Bird seems large in hand. Breast white and wing rufous which is visible. Feet strong and black.Very long and strong claws. Photo included just for interest .

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Glasogie » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:30 am

Ladybirder,
Thanks for the answers on the 1st challenge for 2016.
Interesting fact's that I notice about bird #2. The Terrestrial brownbull, was that it's in a s scrub and not as expected on the ground. I think that confused some participants.

Also bird #6 The S M W (Br. F) except for the Spectackled weaver's (Br. F) with a light eye and a black eye stripe through the eye, most other "yellow" weavers females under parts are yellowish to buffy washed, but not as bright as that of the S M W on the photo.

Also very interesting was photo #11. I should never add these claws to a coucal.

Your challenge also forced as to read about birds like these of Pwj's.
10/10 for me for challenge #2.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Jakkie Human » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:57 pm

Id Challenge 03/16

I just want to thank Gryskopvisvanger for the photos. She is still learning. Maybe next year she will get one of that BIG lenses :wink:

Enjoy!

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Pjw » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:16 am

Well done to all 16 who participated
Here are the answers to No 2

Answers Bird ID Challenge No. 2 2016

Bird 1: Rock kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Bird 2: Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides)

Bird 3: Eurasian Hobby falcon (Falco subbuteo)

Bird 4: Greater Honey guide (Indicator indicator)

Bird 5: Crested francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena)

Bird 6: Grey-headed Gull. (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)

Bird 7: African Wattled lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)

Bird 8: Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus)

Bird 9: African Cuckoo (Cuculus gularis)

Bird 10: Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi)
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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by barryels » Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:46 am

Morning All,

I thought it would be a good idea to go raptor hunting this week :whistle: .

Looking forward to at least 24 entries for this week to stand a chance to be the proud owner of the LBJs book of Faansie Peacock :D .

Enjoy the challenge :thumbs_up: .

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No.2

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No.7

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No.8

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No.10

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by Jakkie Human » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:24 pm

3/16

14 Participants

Ladybirder and Glasogie full marks :clap:
Karin Mitton 9/10
The rest average

All the photos were taken at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

1. Spotted Crake
As Addicted to Birds say, Spotty the Spotted Crake, he was at the Waterfall Estate, some of us went to see him
The pattern on the back, give him away

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2. Whiskered Tern
Nearly no problem here
Short tail, Whitish/greyish primaries and vent and reddish legs

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3. Pin-tailed Whydah
Most got this one.
White collar at back of neck and white wing. Red bill and the very long tail that "going through the grass"

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4. Egyptian Goose
No problem here

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5. European Honey Buzzard
The one with the most problems
The tail pattern is a give away. White tail tip, with dark terminal band. This one is the light form

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6. Thick-billed Weaver
Most nail this one also
Nesting material and the only dark bird that makes a nest between the reeds.

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7. Common Waxbill
No problem
Typical feeding/drinking giss. Red eyes and bill

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8. African Darter
Also no problem here

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9. Little Egret
Yellow feet visible and the plumes at the back of the head

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10. Barn Swallow juv
This one was also difficult
Buffy underside and the black band around his neck and not on the chest

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:16 pm

Hi All

Here is your quiz 5/2016.

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Good luck everyone and looking forward to lots of answers.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by barryels » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:35 pm

Dear All,

My apologies for only posting the results of challenge no. 4 now, but with the annual cricket event in Skukuza that only ended last night plus a VHR meeting this morning, we are at last booked in at Crocodile Bridge for the start of our next 8 days in Kruger.

We had 14 participants for this challenge and although a bit difficult, we still had 3 participants with a full score :D .

Greetings from a very dry Kruger :roll: .

Here are the answers to the challenge :thumbs_up: .

No.1 Secretarybird. The clues to look for here were the long legs and facial colour.

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No.2 Immature African Harrier-hawk. A bit tricky this one. Superficially resembling an Eagle, but the pale inner coverts on the wings, the two tone appearance of the wings, tail length and shape and slim bill were all pointers to this one.

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No.3 Immature Bateleur. Facial pattern, short tail and feet projecting beyond tail were the best pointers for Id'ing this one.

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No.4 Female White-headedVulture. Fairly obvious this one. The combination of white head, belly, inner secondaries and midwing line are diagnostic. Males would have all black secondaries.

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No.5 African Goshawk. Eye colour, greyish cere, barring on underparts and tail pattern give clues to this one.

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No.6 Shikra. Not easy this one. Head markings, yellow cere, reddish barring to underparts, and red eye (not obvious in this pic) would help to ID this one.

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No.7 Rock Kestrel. Combination of grey head, rich, rufous underparts, grey undertail with broad black sub-terminal bar with fainter black barring, barred underwing and hovering behaviour all good pointers to this one.

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No.8 Lesser Kestrel. Plain grey underwing, pale, buffy underparts, plain grey tail with broad, black sub-terminal band all pointers to this one.

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No.9 African Fish Eagle, an immature, probably in it's second calendar year.
The things to look for were the combination of pale, creamy head, hint of an eyestripe, flecking on the breast (not obvious in this pic), white tail with dark terminal tail band. The black base to the primaries on the underwing forming a brad crescent being the best pointer here.

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No.10 Black Harrier. Yellow eye, extent of white on underwing and long, boldly marked tail were all clues to look for on this one.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:01 am

Hi All,

I have the privilege of setting quiz #6/2016 for all of you. This one is a touch harder than last weeks one, but all the key indicators are there for the ID. I would like to thank Jo Dreyer for allowing me to use some of her photos.

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Looking forward to everyones answers.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:19 am

Hi All

Here is your answers to quiz 5/2016. We had 17 participants.

1. Tawny Eagle.
This bird was confused with Cape Vulture and White-Backed Vulture. Both have a heavier bill than this Eagle. A Juv/Imm Steppe would have a white band between the light and dark on the underwing.
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2. Ludwig's Bustard.
Size and Colouration should get you to Ludwig's or Denham's. Denham's has large white patches on the wing which is not present here.
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3. African Harrier-Hawk.
No problems here. The colouration of the feathers and feet point to the Harrier-Hawk. Also note the large "paddle" like wings which indicates a Harrier.
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4. Striped Kingfisher.
No problems here. Take note of the relatively short bill compared to the other Kingfishers.
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5.Cape Spurfowl.
No problems here. Dark bill and dark eye ring separate from Natal Spurfowl.
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6. African Black Duck.
No problems here. Black duck with white spots on the back.
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7. Violet-Backed Starling
No problems here. General Impressions, Size and Shape (GISS) points to a starling. Colouration from there.
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8. Golden-Tailed Woodpecker.
Spotted back and facial markings points to Golden-Tailed Woodpecker.
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9. Green Sandpiper
Species suggested were Common Sandpiper and Common Greenshank. Common Sandpiper would have an eyebrow behind the eye. Common Greenshank has an up-turned bill.
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10. Gabar Goshawk imm.
The colouration and GISS points to one of the immature Goshawks. The white wing bar here points towards the Gabar.
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Thanks for all the participants.

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Re: Bird ID Challenges 2016

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:47 pm

roaneric wrote:Thanks umtali1
I found it extremely difficult even with the book. O my word, lots of birdies looks the same. But maybe after a while I will get to know them better and maybe can identify them without a bird book next to me. :lol: :wink:

hi,
if you don't have a bird app like roberts/sasol then there are a number of visual sites that may help (or sometimes confuse you..)
they might give you a pointer....
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http://www.birdpics.co.za/photos.asp]
http://birding101.co.za/photos/photo_list/
then of course, more importantly, are the sanparks bird id links..
https://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=85309

great to have you on these birding trips in SA
(from another who doesn't get to SA frequently enough)
if you look you might see...
:shock:
2016 Reis verhaal from Kruger 'Bush' Camps.. TR done
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?&t=93948
Other TR's 2015 Cape to Namibia .. 2013 Mokala & KNP ..


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