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In this little video, you see a Gymnogene that found a nest of a Starling and took a young bird out of the nest. :shock:



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Taken from the Letaba bridge on the H14, 17th March:
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They seem to be doing very well these guys. I have had 3 different sightings of it in the last week. One near Phabeni gate and two in the Soutpansberg range.


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 Post subject: Gymnogene
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Heres one that I think is a Booted eagle. We had seen Booted Eagle at Barrydale, and the girl we were with knew them well,
this is from the Swartberg pass (near Oudtshoorn), so quite close. It was about the size of a buzzard, so didn't think a lot about it, till I saw last night how eaglish it looks. It seems to have the white wing braces.
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Just to let you know, about a month ago I claimed this to be a Booted Eagle, since then Trevor Hardaker has looked at it and told me it's a Gymnogene!


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Neil, the naked tarsus(lower leg) and bar on the under part of the tail alone rules out booted eagle.

The broad wings and naked tarsus would also make me believe that this is in fact a Gymnogene.


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 Post subject: African Harrier Hawk (gymnogene)
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AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK (GYMNOGENE)

Distribution: there range extends from the east coast, along the coast of sa up and through Mozambique, zimbabwe,botswane and Namibia and up north into africa.

Discription: this raptor has yellow feet. (Adult) body is grey and a band of yellow streches across from their beack to just before the ear, the tip of the beack it black and so are the eyes, the tail tip is also black with a few specks of black on their back. (Juv) is light brown on the bottom and dark on the top of their body.

Habitat: Rivirine forest and woodland.

Satus: common to rare.


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 Post subject: Re: African Harrier Hawk (gymnogene)
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Hi,
I just read this entry and if anyone would like to see the African Harrier Hawk you can look at my website , page Birds 1 , there is a large picture of this nice bird.
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AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK (GYMNOGENE)

Distribution: there range extends from the east coast, along the coast of sa up and through Mozambique, zimbabwe,botswane and Namibia and up north into africa.

Discription: this raptor has yellow feet. (Adult) body is grey and a band of yellow streches across from their beack to just before the ear, the tip of the beack it black and so are the eyes, the tail tip is also black with a few specks of black on their back. (Juv) is light brown on the bottom and dark on the top of their body.

Habitat: Rivirine forest and woodland.

Satus: common to rare.


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On the S28,red face attack.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Any idea what this is...

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Small brown eye, very broad spacing of the barring on the tail and a suggestion of spotted buff of light rufous underparts. It was seen near Cape Vidal over the past weekend. I think this is a young bird, not a snake eagle nor (obviously) a true eagle... but what this is I still have zero idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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@JvR have a look at juv. honey buzzards (dark form). Matches in the square slightly notched tail dark eye ...
Will do some more research a bit later but seems the closest at 1st glance.


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I still think that it is an immature Gymnogene, probably between 1 and 2nd plumage stages because of the yellow bill, but still overall brown coloration.

Joe, you had two cameras with you and you couldn't manage to get the front angle of the bird? :P

The head is smallish and the puffed neck appearance seems typical of an Gymnogene. It is not easy to judge the size of the bird though.

Zooming in on some of the pictures it looks like the blue'ish patch on the face is visible. I am battling to fit the tail pattern with that of a juv. Gymnogene but the coloration of the tail fits that of a juv. Gymnogene.

That is the best I can do with it at this stage of the game.

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:lol: In fact, I had four cameras with me! :wink: The bird eventually took off without giving views of the front. I never saw it fly away. You know, between looking down at the field guide and back up at the bird... it went "poof"!

I believe you have hit the harrier-hawk on the head, WTM. The tail bar spacing and bill shape are spot-on, maybe a little off on colour - but then one must make allowances for juvie BBJs... (Colour is NEVER a good guide to go by for them babes)

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 Post subject: Harrier-Hawk: African (gymnogene)
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