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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Thanks again for everybody’s participation :dance: .

Results of Duck #54 were As follows:

10 ‘mites participated

One had 10/10 plus BB
Two had 10/10 and missed the BB
Three had 9.5 plus BB
One had 9/10 plus BB
One had 9/10 and missed the BB
One had 8.5 and missed the BB
One had 7/10 and missed the BB

#1 White-backed Vulture: [10]

Ad: Head dark grey to blackish, covered with whitish or yellowish, hair-like down. Neck dark blue-grey, with sparse whitish down, occasionally with small bare patch near base of hind neck. Ruff at base of neck white, compact. Crop patch brown. Contour feathers generally uniform dark brown all over, but variable; sometimes off-white, sometimes faintly streaked. Lower back and rump off-white (diagnostic). Tail blackish brown to brown. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers uniformly dark brown to black. Underwing coverts buffy white; greater coverts sometimes with black spots. Bill and cere dark greyish horn to black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet blackish grey. Confusing species: Larger Cape Vulture paler overall, with thicker, less downy neck; lacks contrasting white back, has secondaries paler than primaries (not uniform), and has yellow (not dark brown) eyes.

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#2 Black-chested Prinia: [9]

Ad br: Forehead to nape pale earth-brown. Cheeks and ear coverts greyish white; supercilium and face white, lores speckled black. Remainder of upper parts, incl tail, pale earth-brown. Tail strongly graduated, with central rectrices 24-30 mm longer than outermost; each rectrix with narrow dusky brown subterminal spot. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers pale earth-brown, underwing coverts and axillaries whitish. Chin and throat white; lower breast with broad blackish-brown band. Belly, flanks and undertail coverts pale lemon yellow. Bill black. Eyes brown to yellowish brown. Legs and feet pale brown to pinkish. Confusing species: Tawny-flanked Prinia has rufous edges to wing feathers. Karoo Prinia has spots or streaks on breast and flanks. Drakensberg Prinia has yellow (not white) throat. In Nama-Karoo, occasionally hybridises with Karoo Prinia.

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#3 Lappet-faced Vulture: [10]

Ad: Head and neck naked, pinkish to purplish red, with ear-like lappets on sides of face, horizontal folds of skin across back of head, and vertical folds down neck. Ruff around hind neck and base of neck black. Upper parts, incl coverts and (short, wedge-shaped) tail, dark brown to black, feathers edged paler brown, with slight purplish sheen when fresh. Flight feathers black. Underwing black, but white down on patagium shows as bar. Crop patch dark brown to black, bordered with white down. Breast dark brown to black, feathers edged buffy brown, long, narrow and lanceolate; fluffy white down of feather bases shows through. Belly and thighs covered in white, 'silky' down. Undertail coverts dark brown, edged white. Bill yellowish horn, blue-grey at base, upper mandible with small dark patch adjacent to powder-blue cere. Eyes blackish brown. Legs and feet blue-grey.

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#4 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater: [10]

Ad: Forehead to mantle and upper wing coverts bronze-green. Broad black stripe from base of bill to upper ear coverts. Back emerald green, rump and upper tail coverts azure. Tail blue, central rectrices greyish blue, outer webs of remaining rectrices tinged greenish, all tipped whitish; deeply forked. Primaries and secondaries mainly rufous, with broad, black subterminal band; narrowly tipped whitish. Outer webs of outer primaries olive green. Underwings predominantly pale cinnamon, with dark trailing edge, broadest across secondaries. Chin and throat yellow, latter separated from white cheeks by narrow blue line; narrow blue band across lower throat. Breast bronzy green; belly, flanks and undertail coverts pale blue. Undertail greyish. Bill black. Eyes orange-red to crimson. Legs and feet mauve-black.

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#5 Fiscal Flycatcher: [9]

Ad male: Forehead, crown, lores, cheeks, nape, back, rump and upper wing coverts almost black. Tail dark brown, with white panels on basal half of all rectrices except central pair; panels smallest in outermost pair, size increasing inwards. Wings blackish brown; innermost 8 primaries with white panels at bases, smallest on P8, largest on P1. 3 largest secondaries with outer edges white. Underwing coverts cream. Chin and throat greyish white. Breast, flanks and sides of belly pale grey; centre of belly greyish white. Undertail coverts white, fringed dark grey. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Common Fiscal larger, with proportionately longer tail and heavier, hooked bill. Also has complete white 'V' on back, and lacks white tail patches.

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#6 Bokmakierie: [9]

Ad: Crown, ear coverts and nape grey. Supercilium lemon yellow, not extending far behind eye; lores black. Mantle, back, and upper tail coverts olive green. Central rectrices olive green; T2-T6 black, graduated and broadly tipped yellow. Upper wing coverts olive green; flight feathers sepia, primaries with outer webs yellowish olive. Underwing coverts dusky yellow, axillaries greyish. Underparts bright yellow, chin and throat separated from remainder of underparts by black gorget, broadest centrally. Flanks greyish green. Bill black. Eyes mauvish brown. Legs and feet bluish grey. Confusing species: Yellow-throated Longclaw shares black gorget and yellow underparts, but has scaled brown (not uniform green) back and brown and white (not green, black and yellow) tail. [Partial albinism (whitish head and wings, no gorget) recorded E Cape1.]

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#7 Juvenile Cape Weaver: [5]

Ad female: Upper parts dull olive-brown, crown and mantle with faint streaking. Tail olive-brown. Wings brown, coverts with narrow greenish-yellow edges. Chin and throat creamy, with yellowish wash. Breast and flanks buffy yellow; belly and vent yellowish, thighs washed olive. Bill brown. Eyes dark brown (rarely cream). Legs and feet brown. Juv: As ad female, but upper parts more olive green; yellowish margins to wing coverts broader. Eyes of male dark brown, becoming grey-white after 5-8 mo. Male only acquires full br plumage in second year. Confusing species: Spectacled Weaver smaller and more slightly built, with more slender bill, uniform (not pale-edged) wing coverts and distinctive black eye stripe. Female Village and Southern Masked- Weavers are smaller and usually more brightly coloured, with rather whitish bellies, often with red (not dark brown) eyes; bills shorter. [Partial albinism recorded; 1 male with scattered white feathers on upper parts.]

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#8 Natal Spurfowl: [9]

Ad: Overall earthy brown. Above, from mantle to tail, faintly flecked off-white, tail finely vermiculated. Crown and ear coverts brown, former with narrow black streaks; upper lores blackish. Indistinct supercilium flecked brown and off-white, most obvious where contrasts with ear coverts. Chin, throat, neck and remainder of underparts to belly intricately patterned, feathers with very narrow black margins bordered cream, and dark centres with transverse creamy bars and chevrons. Undertail coverts buffy, barred dark brown. Bill orange-red, with dull yellowish base. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet bright orange, particularly when br; male has large, bright orange leg spurs, up to 20 mm long.

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#9 Lappet-faced Vulture: [9]

Ad: Head and neck naked, pinkish to purplish red, with ear-like lappets on sides of face, horizontal folds of skin across back of head, and vertical folds down neck. Ruff around hind neck and base of neck black. Upper parts, incl coverts and (short, wedge-shaped) tail, dark brown to black, feathers edged paler brown, with slight purplish sheen when fresh. Flight feathers black. Underwing black, but white down on patagium shows as bar. Crop patch dark brown to black, bordered with white down. Breast dark brown to black, feathers edged buffy brown, long, narrow and lanceolate; fluffy white down of feather bases shows through. Belly and thighs covered in white, 'silky' down. Undertail coverts dark brown, edged white. Bill yellowish horn, blue-grey at base, upper mandible with small dark patch adjacent to powder-blue cere. Eyes blackish brown. Legs and feet blue-grey.

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#10 Yellow-billed Kite: [10]

Ad: Overall dull brown, head grey. Upper wing with broad pale band extending back from carpal joint, forming shallow 'V'. Bill black, cere yellow. Eyes grey, pale brown or pale yellow. Legs yellow. Imm: Not described. Juv: As ad, but with variable white spotting above, broadly streaked yellowish below. Confusing species: None. [Note: Ad M. m. parasitus has darker head, and usually all-yellow bill. Juv less yellow-streaked below. In summer, juv M. m. parasitus in fresh plumage, juv of nominate slightly worn.]
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BB Juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk: [5]

Juv: Head streaked brown; upper parts brown, feathers tipped buff. Upper tail coverts white, with indistinct, rust-coloured 'V'-markings. Tail brown, barred dark brown. Flight feathers barred brown and dark brown above; no contrast between primaries and secondaries, but pale primary 'window' on upper wing. Chin and throat whitish, streaked brown. Upper breast mottled or streaked, separated from brown-and-white barred lower breast and belly by indistinct gorget. Plumage pales with age. Eyes yellow. Cere grey or orange. Legs and feet orange. Confusing species: Dark Chanting Goshawk smaller, more compact and darker grey, with shorter legs; upper tail coverts barred grey. Lacks contrast between primaries and secondaries; also lacks pale patch in folded wing. Juv very similar, but darker and less brown, head less streaked, gorget more distinct; upper tail coverts conspicuously barred brown. [1 record of melanism; requires confirmation.]

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Thanks very much for all the recent challenges, Barryels. :thanx: :clap: Not sure we enjoyed doing all of them but did learn a lot. Have actually seen some of the LBJ's now! :lol: :lol: . Thanks to everyone who provided the pictures. :thumbs_up:
Hilda, you'll be able to have a go at Sky's challenges :whistle:
Looking forward to Sky's but must get #55 done first :think: :lol:


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umtali1 wrote:
Thanks very much for all the recent challenges, Barryels. :thanx: :clap: Not sure we enjoyed doing all of them but did learn a lot. Have actually seen some of the LBJ's now! :lol: :lol: . Thanks to everyone who provided the pictures. :thumbs_up:
Hilda, you'll be able to have a go at Sky's challenges :whistle:
Looking forward to Sky's but must get #55 done first :think: :lol:


I'm glad you are looking forward to it Lot's of waders and LBJ's :D :D :D

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NO :evil: :wall: Not waders and LBJ's


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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No raptors either :evil: :lol: :lol:


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umtali1 wrote:
Hilda, you'll be able to have a go at Sky's challenges


My time is very limited Umtali1, but whenever I can, I will give it a try! :thumbs_up:

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No raptors either :evil: :lol: :lol:

And flying ones :twisted: :D :D

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Doesn't leave you with much scope, Sky :evil:


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Answers in! :pray:


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Just a note on the last challenge: All the photos without locations were taken close to a little hamlet called Rooibokkraal, Limpopo.....if that helps in any way :twisted:

well all except no 6 - cant remember where I snapped that one :redface:


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Just a note on the last challenge: All the photos without locations were taken close to a little hamlet called Rooibokkraal, Limpopo.....if that helps in any way :twisted:

well all except no 6 - cant remember where I snapped that one :redface:


Not many people will know where Rooibokkraal is :D :D :D

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Thanks for the info imax :thumbs_up: If I look at the scores of Duck #55 so far, our 'mites are getting so clever without even posting locations :dance: :dance: .

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9/10 + BB for Duck 55. :D :dance: :dance: :dance:
Thanks Barryels for the challenges and to those who have provided the photos :thumbs_up:


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9/10 + BB for Duck 55. :D :dance: :dance: :dance:
Thanks Barryels for the challenges and to those who have provided the photos :thumbs_up:
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