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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:03 am 
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Still unable to make a call here.

The thing with a juvenile Fish-Eagle is that it goes through various plumage changes before reaching adult hood and that is what the white markings on the back and wings look like to me .

It also looks like this raptor doesn't have any brown on the hind neck, which would be characteristic of Osprey..Like WTM said, it does look like it has the Osprey facial mask.

Tough call here, but Fish Eagle would be my verdict.

When was this bird seen?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Daan, I have seen Osprey in the middle of winter in Kruger, so that ain't gonna help much.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Gonna stick my neck out - Osprey. My juv FE pics all have streaking and slightly more slender head. Osprey pics have white legs.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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It was in the begiining of April of this year. It seemed a lot bigger than an Osprey to me and I don't believe it was a Fish Eagle. The head from the eyes up was completely black. The whole chest downwards was completely white, including the lower half.

Having said that there, besides an Osprey there is not much else in the book that it looked similar to.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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An African Fish-Eagle is not a helluva lot bigger than an Osprey which is a big bird itself.

Osprey 52-68cm up to 1.85kg.
African fish-Eagle 63-73cm and 2 to 3.8kg.

It will not be an easy task to judge size from that distance.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Just had a look at Osprey's on the web, I think you're right. Thanks for the help guys.


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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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I saw this magnificent Osprey at Flamingo, Florida in the USA.

Anyone know why it has its wings like this?

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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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Guessing here, but cooling down?

I've seen vultures and cormorants doing something similar but I would have said they were drying.

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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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SO (Hawk) took these this morning next to the low level bridge here outside Skukuza, over the Sabie.

Imageosprey by dinkybird, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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Hi DB.....
Its great that you got Osprey - one of the birds that is often not ticked on the Kruger list of the most ardent twitchers. I got one at Balule last year.
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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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Great sighting and photos!

I have only ever seen it in Kruger once and that was in the middle of winter!

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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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My Osprey! Seen on the H4 -1 in a tree next to the Sabie River in Feb this year. 8)

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Unfortunately there was a branch across its face spoiling what could have been an amazing pic and no matter how we moved we just couldn't get it any better!

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As you can imagine we were ecstatic to find that and it made my day! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Osprey
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Beautiful sighting and still great pics, Elsa! :clap: Still on my wishlist... :mrgreen:

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