Challenge #24 of 2012 had mixed results with some ‘mites scoring very well and others battling a bit. Returning an average score of 70.6%, this was more in line with the difficulty level I want to maintain.
This challenge had the lowest participation level for a while with only 14 ‘mites sending entries. The results are as follows:
One ‘mite scored 1;
two ‘mites scored 4;
five ‘mites scored between 5 and 7;
four scored around 9;
and two ‘mites got all the answers right.
#1 – Grey-winged Francolin 
. Some confusion with Red-winged and Orange River Francolin is apparent. pantera leo
points out the salient features: Grey speckling on the throat and lacking the yellow base to the bill seen in Red-winged, Orange River and Shelley's Francolin.
That last bit about the all-dark bill is a feature that stands out like a sore thumb if you know to look for it!
#2 – Cory's Shearwater 
writes: The combination of the brown back and yellow bill separates it from all the other Shearwaters found in our region.
#3 – Drakensberg Rockjumper, female. 
. No issues here.
#4 – Bearded Vulture, immature 
writes: Tail and wing shape. Destinctive beard sticking out along the beak.
#5 – Pintado Petrel 
. I expected more of a battle to manifest with this bird… in the end it caused very little trouble.
#6 – Drakensberg Siskin 
found that the: 2nd bonus question helped here because I knew it must be Drakensberg, not Cape Siskin, to be the 3rd Drakensberg bird in the challenge . But you can sort of see the white outer-tail feathers here which distinguish it from Cape Siskin.
I try to keep the twists related to the challenge birds… If ‘mites realize that, it can serve up ID clues!
#7 – Ground Woodpecker 
writes: Pale eye, red on chest,long sharp bill.
If you haven’t seen one before, it can be daunting to “place” the bird! TWISTS
#1 – Roughly three percent of its total South African population officially carry “pet names”. Which species am I referring to?
Around 400 Bearded Vultures exist in South Africa and Lesotho. 
Of these 17 have been fitted with transmitters. davejenny
shares his source: The Bearded Vulture Project, Maluti-Drakensberg Vulture Project adrianp
suggested: With a moustache like that, one tracked vulture should be named "Pieter de Villiers!
Some tragic events have unfolded around Olivia recently about which I will post an account later today.
#2 – Three of our featured birds all have distributions limited to the same area in South Africa, which birds are these?
Challenge Birds #3, #4 and #6 
#3 – One of the featured species is part of Greek folklore. It inadvertently caused the death of a famous playwright. How? adrianp
wrote: The Greek playwright Aeschylus was said to have been killed in 456 or 455 BC by a tortoise dropped by an eagle who mistook his bald head for a stone - if this incident did occur, the Lammergeier is a likely candidate for the "eagle".