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 Post subject: Birding school for ducklings - Challenges 2013 - 2014
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:27 pm 
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Hi Ducklings

Here are the answers to Sky 13

1 ) Blue Crane
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2 ) Male Thick-billed weaver

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3 ) Shelleys Francolin
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4 ) This bird gave the most problems It is a Rufous-naped Lark
The bird that it was confused with was the Sabota lark. The Sabota lark lacks rufous on it's wings
The Rufuas-napes Lark also has a small erectile crest

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5 ) White-winged Widowbird
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6 ) White-throated Robin-Chat

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and it's juvenile the BB
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7 ) Spooted Flycatcher
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8 ) Paradise flycatcher
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9 ) African Openbill
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10 ) Whiskered Tern
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Thanks to everyone that entered

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1. Blue Crane
2. Thick-billed Weaver
3. Shelley's Francolin
4. Rufous-naped Lark
5. White-winged Widowbird
6. White-throated Robin-Chat
7. Spotted Flycatcher
8. African Paradise Flycatcher
9. African Openbill Stork
10. Whiskered Tern

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Ducklings

Here are the answers to Sky 14

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 (A new tick for me)
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6) Pied starling
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7) Spotted Eagle Owl
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8 ) Cape bunting (Also a new tick)
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9) Ant Eating chat
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10) Female South Afrivan Shellduck
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BB
Southern masked weaver
I originally had it as a Village Weaver
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Congrats to one and all

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1. Pied Kingfisher
2. Cattle Egret
3. Spotted Thick-Knee
4. Yellow-crowned Bishop
5. Banded Martin
6. Pied Starling
7. Spotted Eagle-Owl
8. Cape Bunting
9. Ant-eating Chat
10. South African Shelduck
BB - Southern Masked Weaver

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Hi Ducklings

Here are the answers to Sky 15 . The birds I had problems with held no fear for you , but then some of the ones I thought would be easy gave problems.


1) African black oystercatcher no problems
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2) Black Crowned night heron - no problems
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3) Cape cormorant - no problems I thought I would catch you with this one
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4) Marsh Sandpiper - Very few problems here
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5) Gurney Sugarbird - I picked this pic because the tail was hidden a few prolems here
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6) Ruff - no problems
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7) Cape Spurfowl and the BB was it's young
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8 ) Jackal buzzard - easy one no problems
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9) Red throated wryneck - I thought quite easy and a lot of problems here
To me the outstanding feature pointing me to the wryneck was the stripe running from ot's head down to it's back. The upper parts greyish brown
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10) A Juvenile bearded vulture. This also gave some problems
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Thanks again for everyone that entered I hoped you learned something new.

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1. African Black Oystercatcher
2. Black-crowned Night-Heron
3. Cape Cormorant
4. Marsh Sandpiper
5. Gurney's Sugarbird
6. Ruff
7. Cape Spurfowl
8. Jackal Buzzard
9. Red-throated Wryneck
10. Bearded Vulture

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:16 pm 
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[quote="Sky"]Hi Ducklings

Here are the answers to Sky 16
I said Don't be fooled by what looks obvious.
If I showed you this pic for nr 3 It would have been very easy
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The other birds that gave some problems were nr 1 , 5 and the BB
1 ) This bird is a Southern black flycatcher . The size and colour of the eye will rule out a forked tail drongo
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2 ) Greater Double collared sunbird - very little problems here
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3 ) Immature Southern bald Ibis
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4) Viloet-eared Waxbill - no problems
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5) Female Cape rock trush - The clouring on its breast distinguis it from the female Sentinel rock Thrush
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6) + 7) No Problems here
White-necked raven and a Cape Vulture
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8 ) Brown Hooded Kingfisher
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9) Southern Pochard
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10) Pin tailed Whydah
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and the BB a Juvenile Buff streaked chat. I also had to consult Johan van Rensburg to get this Id
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Thanks again for entering

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1. Southern Black Flycatcher
2. Greater Double-collared Sunbird
3. Southern Bald Ibis
4. Violet-eared Waxbill
5. Cape Rock-Thrush
6. White-necked Raven
7. Cape Vulture
8. Brown-hooded Kingfisher
9. Southern Pochard
10. Pin-tailed Whydah
BB - Buff-streaked Chat

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:50 am 
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]Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to Sky 17

1 ) Meve's starling - no problems here
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2) Familiar chat
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3 ) Southern Pochard female - just about everyone had this one correct
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4 ) Little Grebe - no problems
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5) Orange river Francollin - very few problems :dance:
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6) African darter - Quite a few of you had this one wrong. The bill gives the id away . The neck is ussually also a good indication, but this bird pulled its neck back and it looked much thicker.
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7) Cape batis - very few problems
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8 ) Just about everyone was fooled by this bird. It looks very much like a common moorhen. This was also my original id when I took the pic. But back at home when looking at it again I noticed my mistake. The upright stance and size also the shape of the head would get you to a juv African swamphen.
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9) Buff streaked chat - no problems its juvenile had eveyone guessing last week
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10) Lesser swamp warbler - a lot of mites struggled with this one
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and the BB was a Chorister Robin

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Thanks again to eveyone that entered

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1. Meves's Starling
2. Familiar Chat
3. Southern Pochard
4. Little Grebe
5. Orange River Francolin
6. African Darter
7. Cape Batis
8. African Purple Swamphen
9. Buff-streaked Chat
10. Lesser Swamp-Warbler
BB - Chorister Robin-Chat

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Hi Hatchlings :D
Only 1 bird gave you problems and if I said my garden is on the highveld you would have had it correct as well. I had a lot of Karoo thrushes but it was a Olive thrush
1 ) Kori Bustard
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2 ) Malachite Kingfisher
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3 ) Olive Thrush
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4 ) Red crested Korhaan
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5 ) Bateleur
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6 ) Gren Backed heron
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7 ) Swainson's francolin
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8 ) Violet backed Starling
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1. Kori Bustard
2. Malachite Kingfisher
3. Olive Thrush
4. Red-crested Korhaan
5. Bateleur
6. Green-backed Heron
7. Swainson's Francolin (now Spurfowl)
8. Violet-backed Starling

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:48 pm 
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Hi Ducklings
I made a mistake on the Hatchling's challenge :redface: :redface:
Most of you said it was a Karoo thrush and I thought it was a Olive thrush
Johan van Ransburg kindly pointed out the difference to me. I thought Karoo thrushes ocurred further west and thus decided that the bird in our garden was a Olive thrush.

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And the Karoo thrush
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It taught me that totake anything at facevalue can be a grave mistake.
Thanks Johan for pointing me in the right direction

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:01 pm 
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If you really want an education, try these links for Olive thrush and Karoo thrush (as well as the links you find in these threads...)

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Hilda COULDN'T FIND ANSWERS FOR THIS CHALLENGE.

Hi Ducklings

Duck 19 is here. A couple of very easy ones some more difficult and a LBJ or 2

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2)
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3)
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4)
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5)
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6)
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7)
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8 )
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9)
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10)
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and the BB

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Enjoy the paging

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:06 pm 
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[quote="Sky"]Hi Ducklings
Here is Sky 18
Thanks to everyone thats contributed with pics.

1 ) Yellow Fronted Canary
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2 ) Orange Breasted Bushshrike -The size of the bill was the feature that showed me the correct bird
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3) Spectacled Weaver
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4) Cardinal Woodpecker
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5) White faced Whistling Duck
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6) Rufuas naped Lark
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7)White Stork
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8 ) Montagu's Harrier
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9) Black Headed Heron
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10) Northern Black Korhaan Female
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And the bb
Armur Falcons
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What does birds 7 8 and these have in comon
They all visit us in summer

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1. Yellow-fronted Canary
2. Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike
3. Spectacled Weaver
4. Cardinal Woodpecker
5. White-faced Whistling Duck
6. Rufus-naped Lark
7. White Stork
8. Montagu's Harrier
9. Black-headed Heron
10. Northern Black Korhaan
BB - Amur Falcon

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:55 pm 
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Hi Ducklings

Here are the answers to Sky 20

1) Grey Tit (Easily confused with the Ashy Tit)
Robberts says the following
"a misleading name , not as grey as the Ashy Tit. Has buff (not dark grey) flanks and underparts, Brownish (not blue-grey) back and less white on the hind neck
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2) Common Quail- This one is larger than a button quail and has a different shaped head
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3) Brimstone Canary
"A large thickset canary, heavier billed than the Yellow Canary with a greenish wash to the breast and flanks"
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4) Greater Striped swallows
"Larger in size and more finely streaked below than the Lesser Striped
swallow. Pale cheeks where the Lesser has rufous cheeks
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5) Squacco Heron - no problems here
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6) Laughing dove - no problems here
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7) Kelp gull
" A large white heade gull with black mantle, Larger and heavier bill than the Lesse Black-backed gull. Legs usually yellow-green"
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8 ) African wattled Lapwing - No problems here

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9) Black Winged Pranticole
"Easily confused with the collared pranticole. Key features are black underwing coverts.
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10) South African Cliff-Swallow
"Similar to striped swallows. Breast mottled(not streaked) and crown usually brownish"
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and the BB
A Juvenile Wood-Hoopoe

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Read more about:

1. Grey Penduline Tit
2. Common Quail
3. Brimstone Canary
4. Greater Striped Swallow
5. Squacco Heron
6. Laughing Dove
7. Kelp Gull
8. African Wattled Lapwing
9. Black-winged Pratincole
10. South African Cliff Swallow
BB - Green Wood-Hoopoe

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Sky wrote:
Hi Hatchlings
Here are the answers to Hatch 3
1) Arrow Marked Babbler
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2) Mourning Collared Dove
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3) African Green Pigeon
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4) Red Backed Shrike
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5) Red Billed Oxpecker
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6) Brown Headed Parrot
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7) African Red-eyed Bulbul
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8) Southern Bald Ibis
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Read more about:

1. Arrow-marked Babler
2. Mourning Dove
3. African Green Pigeon
4. Red-backed Shrike
5. Red-billed Oxpecker
6. Brown-headed Parrot
7. African Red-eyed Bulbul
8. Southern Bald Ibis

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Hi Hatchlings

So here are the answers to Hatch 4

1) Blue waxbill
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2) Bokmakierie
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3) Brown hooded kingfisher
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4) Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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5) White crested Helmet Shrike
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6) Barn Owl
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7) African (Purple Swamphen
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8 ) Black heade Oriole
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Read more about:

1. Blue Waxbill
2. Bokmakierie
3. Brown-hooded Kingfisher
4. Southern Carmine Bee-eater
5. White-crested Helmet-Shrike
6. Barn Owl
7. African Purple Swamphen
8. Black-headed Oriole

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Hi Ducklings
Here are the answers to Sky 21

1 ) A small pale duck with a slightly upturned pink bill
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2) Knob billed duck (Comb duck)
Has large laterally compressed knob on forehead
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3) Glossy Ibis
Small slender Ibis. Head , neck and shoulders dark chestnut. Rest of plumage has a metallic purple and green sheen.
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4) Maraboe Stork
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5) Palmnut Vulture
Most likely to be confused with African Fish Eagle but has conspicuous pink or pink-orange facial skin and white wing coverts
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6) Pel's fishing Owl
Rufuos colour , earless head, dark brown eyes
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7) Shaft tailed Whydah
Tawny yellow underparts and long narrow flagtipped tail distinctive
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8 ) Striped Pipit
Heavily streaked breast distinguishes it from other pipits
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9) Juvenile Fish Eagle
Takes 4 to 5 years to reach adult plumage. Each succesive moult leads to a gradual 'neating' of plumage, with white areas becoming cleaner, dark areas more uniform.
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10) Wood Owl - no problems here
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and the BB a Spike heeled Lark
Male heavier than the female with a longer bill. It's upright stance, white tips to short darkish tail and a long slightly curved bill are key features.
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Read more about:

1. Cape Teal
2. Knob-billed Duck (Comb Duck)
3. Glossy Ibis
4. Marabou Stork
5. Palm-nut Vulture
6. Pel's Fishing-Owl
7. Shaft-tailed Whydah
8. Striped Pipit
9. African Fish Eagle
10. African Wood Owl
BB - Spike-heeled Lark

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:19 pm 
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Hi Hatchlings
Thanks to everyone that entered. You did quite well with this challenge :clap: :clap:
But it's also fair to say that this was a more difficult challenge

1) African Barred owlet
Similar to the Pearl-spotted owlet with a barred , not spotted head,neck and upper chest. Lacks the false eyes at the back of the head
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2) A black shouldered kite
No problems here. Black Shouldered kite
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3) This bird gave the most problems. And I thought it's the easy one :redface:
A Jackal Buzzard
Typical buzzard stance, blackish upperparts, rufous breast and mottled dark grey and white underparts. This looks like a semi-adult bird and it's breas is not quite rufous yet
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4) Verreaux's Eagle owl
Pale finely barred milky white underparts, pinkish eyelids and very large size makes this owl unmistakeable

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5) Lappet-faced vulture
The main feature apart from large size is the dark plumage, bare red head with conspicous skin folds and the enormous yellowish horn coloured bill with a blue-grey base ids this bird


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6)Southern White faced owl
Twice the size of the Arican Scops owl with a white facial disc and orange not white eyes and overall paler grey[ Image

7)African Pygmy Goose
Small,orange body and dark green back diagnostic
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8 )Purple Roller
Broad cream eyebrow and purple-brown underparts that are heavily streaked white makes it unmistakable
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Read more about:

1. African Barred Owlet
2. Black-shouldered Kite
3. Jackal Buzzard
4. Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
5. Lappet-faced Vulture
6. Southern White-faced Scops Owl
7. African Pygmy-Goose
8. Purple Roller

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