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Imax wrote:
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:
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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:
Same here :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Very well done Umtali1 and Micetta! You are becoming experts in these challenges! :clap: :clap:

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Excellent Umtali :wink: We had the same score in the Bird ID too 8)


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Hi Ducklings
It's my turn again. An easy challenge to start with. All birds seen at Marievale. For those who don't know where/what it is. It's a wetland in Gauteng close to the town of Nigel.

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And the BB .
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Looks like I might be able to recognise some of these :clap: Thanks Sky :thumbs_up: Welcome back :clap:


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Thanks again to imax for the birdies I could use :thumbs_up: .

Thanks to all the Duckling participants. Your participation was really appreciated :dance: .

Here are the answers of Duck #55.

We had 12 participants
One had 7.5 plus BB
One had 8.5 plus BB
One had 9/10 but missed the BB
Three had 9/10 plus BB
Two had 9.5/10 plus BB
One had 10/10 but missed the BB
Three had 10/10 plus BB

#1 Crested Guineafowl: [12]

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Thick 'top-knot' of curly black feathers on head diagnostic. Face and upper neck naked, blue-grey with a buffy-grey patch from ear coverts to nape. Lower neck to mantle and upper breast black, tinged dark chestnut (visible in good light). Body, wing and tail feathers with bluish tinge and dense, pale bluish-white spots forming a string on outer vane of dark flight feathers. Outer secondaries pale creamy brown, visible at rest and forming a diagnostic pale band in mid-wing in flight. Bill pale grey-blue, palest towards tip. Eyes crimson. Legs and feet greyish black. Confusing species: Differs from Helmeted Guineafowl in darker appearance, crimson eye, and feathered top-knot (not bony casque). Pale outer secondaries diagnostic in flight.

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#2 Dark Chanting Goshawk: [10]

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Upper parts, incl head, grey. Upper tail coverts narrowly barred grey and white, central rectrices black, tipped white; remainder of tail broadly barred black and white1. Upper wing coverts grey, feathers with dark shafts. Flight feathers indistinctly barred grey and dark grey; little contrast between primaries and secondaries, but outer primaries broadly tipped blackish. Underwing coverts white, very finely barred grey, contrasting with dark flight feathers. Chin to upper breast grey. Remainder of underparts white, finely barred grey. Bill basally red, distally dark grey; cere and adjacent naked facial skin red. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet red. Confusing species: Pale Chanting Goshawk larger, less compact, and paler grey, with longer legs, whitish upper tail coverts, contrasting primaries and secondaries, and pale grey patch in folded wing.

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#3 Ashy Tit: [12]

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Cap extending through eyes to nape blue-black; hind neck white. White patch extends from base of lower mandible to cheeks and ear coverts. Back bluish grey, rump grey, upper tail coverts greyish black. Tail black, outermost rectrices, and occasionally T5, with white edges; all rectrices tipped white7. Wings grey-black when fresh, browner in worn plumage; flight feathers with narrow white to buff outer edges. Coverts and tertials black, narrowly fringed white. Chin, throat and breast black, colour extending in 'V'-shaped bib down centre of belly; sides of breast and flanks grey. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet grey. Confusing species: Grey Tit has less white on hind neck, back brownish (not bluish grey), and flanks buffy (not grey). Miombo Tit has less extensive black bib, pinkish white (not grey) flanks and pale grey (not white) outer edges to outer rectrices and tail tip.

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#4 Brubru: [11]

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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. Confusing species: Superficially resembles batises, but latter much smaller, with yellow or orange (not dark) eyes; no batis has such a broad and long supercilium. Black-backed Puffback larger, with underparts wholly white.

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#5 Black-chested Prinia: [11]

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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. Ad non-br: As br ad, but paler and more tawny on mantle, back, rump and upper tail coverts. Breast band indistinct or absent. Juv: As non-br ad, but underparts yellower; tail shorter. 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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#6 Chin-spot Batis: [8]

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Crown and nape grey. Lores black, extending in patch around eyes and across ear coverts to hind neck; separated from forecrown by white supercilium extending to above eye. Mantle, back and scapulars bluish grey, mantle edged black; rump and upper tail coverts grey. Tail black, outermost rectrices edged white on outer web, tipped white on inner web. Wings black. Median and inner greater coverts broadly tipped white, combining with white edges to inner secondaries to form prominent wing bar. Underparts, incl throat and sides of neck, white, apart from broad, but variable-width black breast band. Bill black. Eyes yellow, orange or scarlet. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Male Pririt Batis has flanks with blackish speckling (not plain white). Male Pale Batis has longer supercilium, and back mottled whitish (not plain). Much smaller female Pale Batis has throat spot poorly defined. Female Cape Batis has rufous (not white) wing bar.

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#7 Fork-tailed Drongo: [7]

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Overall black, with purplish sheen. Longish tail deeply forked. In flight, wings pale, almost translucent. Bill black. Eyes red. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Southern Black Flycatcher smaller, with less robust bill lacking hooked tip. Forehead steeper; tail square (not forked), and eyes brown (not red). Larger than Square-tailed Drongo, with less deeply forked tail, and occurs in forest (not open woodland). [Occasional leucism and partial leucism.

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#8 Blue Waxbill: [12]

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Upper parts brown. Face, rump and tail pale cerulean blue. Wings pale brown; inner web of P9 emarginated. Throat, breast and flanks pale cerulean blue, remainder of underparts buff. Bill bluish grey, with variable amount of pink (most during br season); cutting edges and tip dark. Eyes bright reddish brown, eye ring pale blue or whitish. Legs and feet pale brown to pinkish brown. Confusing species: None. Nominate male extremely rarely has scarlet cheek patches, reminiscent of allopatric Red-cheeked.

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#9 Red-eyed Bulbul: [12]

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Top and sides of head black. Remainder of upper parts, incl wings, grey-brown, feathers variably fringed paler; tail blackish brown. Chin black, grading to blackish brown on throat. Sides of neck and breast blackish brown, feathers fringed whitish, giving scaly effect. Lower breast white, with a few dark brown streaks. Belly white, flanks pale brown, vent and undertail coverts bright yellow. Bill black. Eyes brick red to orange; eye ring orange to orange-red, 1.3-1.5 mm wide. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Dark-capped Bulbul, has black, not orange (ad), or yellowish to pinkish (juv) eye ring, and less contrast between dark breast and white belly. Cape Bulbul has broader, white eye ring, and uniform sooty brown underparts (except for yellow vent). Hybridises with Dark-Capped Bulbul in ne Botswana, highveld of n S Africa, and E Cape. Hybrids vary in eye colour (brick red to pale brown), eye wattle colour (bright orange to dull yellow), and width Hybridises with Cape Bulbul near Somerset East and Graaff Reinet, E Cape, and Prince Albert and Klaarstroom, W Cape. Hybrids have black to brown heads, variable amount of brown on belly, and dull to pale orange eye wattles.

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#10 Violet-eared Waxbill: [12]
Ad male:
Forehead deep blue; crown rich chestnut, grading to paler brown mantle, back, scapulars and greater wing coverts. Cheeks, ear coverts and sides of face violet. Rump feathers deep blue, bases black. Tail black, long and graduated; rectrices (excl outermost) with basal two-thirds edged pale blue. Wings brown to grey-brown. Lores, chin and throat black. Breast, upper belly and flanks rich chestnut; lower belly brownish black. Undertail coverts blackish, tipped deep blue. Bill pale to bright red, with purplish sheen. Eyes reddish orange, becoming pale brown towards extreme periphery; eye ring bright orange-red. Legs and feet dark greyish brown. Ad female: Forehead pale blue; crown and nape brown, grading to pale brown on back and wing coverts. Lores dark grey-brown; cheeks, ear coverts and sides of face violet. Rump feathers pale blue, basal third blackish. Tail as male. Flight feathers grey-brown, edged paler brown. Chin and throat creamy. Breast deep fawn, belly and flanks paler; central lower belly, vent and undertail coverts pale cream. Eye ring pale orange-red. Confusing species: None.

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BB Long-billed Crombec: [10]

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Crown brownish grey, nape slightly buffier. Supercilium whitish to pale tawny. Lores dark grey, colour extending as stripe behind eye. Ear coverts and cheeks pale tawny. Remainder of upper parts, incl tail, brownish grey. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers brownish grey, primaries and secondaries edged paler. Underwings rufous-buff. Chin and throat buffy white, diffusely mottled grey. Remainder of underparts tawny cinnamon, colour most intense on belly and flanks. Bill blackish horn, base pinkish. Eyes pale to mid-brown. Legs and feet pinkish to yellowish brown. Confusing species: Red-faced Crombec is shorter-billed, with darker, more rufous and uniform face (lacking pale supercilium and dark eye stripe).

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Thank you Barryels for the answers and for all the challenges. :thumbs_up: Much appreciated :clap: :clap:
You can put your feet up while you prepare your latest TR :lol:


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7.5/8 for Duck #56.

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8/8+BB - :dance: Guess it helps that I visit Marievale (where these were taken) every 2-3 weeks :cam:

Thanks for the challenge Sky.

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