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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 05, 2008 6:02 pm

Quick stab at it without looking at my books - juvenile martial?
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Unread postby Richprins » Mon May 05, 2008 7:35 pm

It's definitely a juvenile martial, and ironically the painted plates in the old Robert's match exactly, for a change!

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:18 am

Ok another one....as it was not very big I think its a juv. bird..not sure if Martial/crowned/hawk eagle, but then mostly white with a few spots on chest? Seen on the road between Satara and Olifants in April.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:27 pm

arks wrote:@ mgoddard: Can you possibly crop in on your bird? It is impossible to see it well enough in the pix you've posted for me to even guess at an ID :?


Hope this helps arks:

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:57 am

wildtuinman wrote:
MGoddard: When did you see this bird? Basically one can find three light colored eagles. The juvenile/immature Martial Eagle, juvenile/immature African Crowned Eagle and the pale form of the Wahlberg's Eagle.

The lack of dark speckling on the legs and flanks, not heavily barred tail and not pure blonde head would rule out juvenile/immature African Crowned Eagle.

The legs of a Wahlberg's eagle is more fluffy.

I would also go with juvenile/immature Martial Eagle and Satara is a good place to find it.

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So WTM I can assume that all three of the "white birds" seen are imm/juv. Martial Eagles?

The one posted above was taken near Satara, as said before..

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And this one on the way to Timbavati picnic spot.

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This one on the road from LS to Skukuza

I must say its very difficult trying to identify if they imm/juv. as they all look the same to me. :redface:

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:11 am

I would be very careful to assume anything when it comes to birding. :lol:

But yes, all three the pictures you took are of imm/juvenile Martial Eagle. They will get their full mature plumage at the age of 4 or 5 years.

In perspective, chances of seeing the similar looking imm/juvenile African Crowned Eagle in Kruger is quite slim. I have only once saw a mature bird on the Boesman's trail in 2005. The habitat in Kruger is far more preferable for Martial Eagle.

Nice to see so many youngsters around! :D

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:48 am

Forgot to add: The signs of grey on the head is a general rule to this being Martial Eagle. The African Crowned Eagle has an all pure white head, described in Sasol III as being blonde.

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Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:50 am

And again I need some help with a Raptor ID :roll:
We saw this one just a few kilometres north of Letaba in May.

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Sorry I haven't got a pic showing the front of the bird, he wasn't that cooperative :lol:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:00 pm

It is a young Martial Eagle. The grey cere and fine barring on the tail are good pointers. :D
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Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:29 pm

Thanx wildtuinman for the speedy ID ! 8)

I did falter between a juv. Martial Eagle and a juv.Ayre's Hawk Eagle (but here the dark beack did not quite fit :roll: )

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:34 pm

On our recent trip to Kruger we saw a Martial Eagle eating a Steenbok. Their diet does consist of small antelope but to see it was a whole different story :roll:

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Unread postby JoelR » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:11 pm

Martial Eagle :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:26 pm

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Is this a juvenile martial - or a pale wahlbergs? I have confused them before!
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