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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MattAxel » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:53 pm

Hi Elsa

My first impression of your bird was that its an adult dark morph European Honey Buzzard. The shape, eye and call are all right for Honey Buzzard. Lets hear what the others have to say. It would be a great sighting if it is a Honey Buzzard.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:07 am

Elsa wrote:
Initially I thought Brown Snake Eagle but the call was wrong


First impressions are more often right than wrong, Elsa. Don't let the call throw you... Rem: the collection of bird calls commercially available by no means contains the entire repertoire of every specie. However, the voice pitch is perfect for BSE.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:11 am

Thanks for the replies and help with the ID Matt & JvR. :thumbs_up:

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever "get there" when the calls vary so much from what the bird guides books say! :doh: :lol:
I thought I had that particular bird nailed. :wink:

WTM has also confirmed it as a BSE.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:23 pm

Elsa,

Here is your pic with more highlights, :thumbs_up: Brown Snake-Eagle, the whitish bare legs and bright yellow eye are all clues but the tail is short so that the wings reach its tip (you can see that on the pic), Honey-Buzzard has a longer tail with broad black barring, and shorter wings to tail..


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:29 pm

Thanks Lizet!

I see now that I should trust my first instincts but as I said it was the call that put me off. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:19 pm

Hi!
Any idea what this bird is?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:26 pm

MichaelWildtuin wrote:Hi!
Any idea what this bird is?

Michael, can you please tell us where and when you saw this raptor? That will help with possible IDs for it.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ross hawkins » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:40 pm

Michaelwildtuin - A Brown Snake-eagle possibly

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Maxwell » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:01 pm

I agree. Brown Snake-Eagle. Everything fits except I can't see the feet.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:18 pm

Don't know Maxwell, you were the one she kissed, not me :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:55 pm

arks wrote:
MichaelWildtuin wrote:Hi!
Any idea what this bird is?

Michael, can you please tell us where and when you saw this raptor? That will help with possible IDs for it.


I knew I had forgotten something! :doh: It was in Kruger, so probably is a brown snake eagle :)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:02 pm

and this one... around Lower Sabie 3.5.2011
I think of a Black Harrier, because ... very dark, barred tail, yellow eyes, no feather in the legs... but the nose... :hmz: maybe a juvenil

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:25 pm

Why not a brown snake eagle?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby lettuceleaf711 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:31 pm

i'm with micetta

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Maxwell » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:55 pm

Look at the legs, Anne-marie. Look at the legs. Not yellow but grey. Large head, big eye.
Brown Snake-Eagle.
Not very Brown in the first shot but the 2nd one clinches it.
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