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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JoelR » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:53 pm

Juv Martial Eagle I would say. There are a number of ID features, but the fact that the bill is all grey should be enough to tell it apart from a pale Wahlberg's Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby granjan » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:20 pm

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Hi,
I saw this bird about a mile outside Punda in early November. It definitely had a crest and seemed very large. Photos not great as at the limit of my point and press zoom. Is it a juvenile crowned eagle?? The feet look white but the iris is pale. Would really appreciate i.d.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:43 pm

I would think that is a Juvenile Martial Eagle.

The brown speckles on the neck is a good indication. The neck of the Crowned eagle is almost clean white.

Also the clean white feathers on the tarsus, and white beneath the wings, convince me of this id. The tarsus of the CE is speckled, and there is brown beneath the wings.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:46 am

Yip I agree with Imberbe , definitely a juvie Martial Eagle :thumbs_up:

Take a look at this one and you will notice the similarities.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby deefstes » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:59 am

Also notice the white feet and remember that Martial Eagle also has a crest, perhaps just not as pronounced as that of Crowned Eagle. In my previous post I said that juv Crowned Eagle would have showed a white eye but I was mistaken in that juv Martial Eagle also has a white eye.

So all of the features on your bird points very strongly towards juv Martial Eagle. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:41 am

@ Skywalker - Looks like a Juvenile Martial Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby skywalker2251 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:33 am

Dotdan,

Thanks. That's what I thought, but I wasn't sure becasue it didn't have any spots on its front.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:48 pm

The light wasn't great for thes photos but I thought it was a juvenile martial eagle?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:35 pm

Looks like a martial to me Pjw.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:44 am

The second one may well be a Martial Eagle but I think you should also consider juv African Fish-Eagle (short tail, monster bill). You don't have a higher resolution image perhaps?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:55 pm

The fully feathered legs leans my vote towards Martial Eagle :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:27 pm

Thanks every one
@Deefstes I do have better quality images, I'm just not sure how to upload them, but with Binoculars the feathers went all the way down to the "toes" so I would go with the Martial
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:48 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:and the fully feathered legs leans my vote towards Martial Eagle :D

Of course yes, that settles it.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JenB » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:04 am

Please help? Seen on the S28 just north of Croc bridge (3 days ago).
The darker spots on the side of the head and neck as well as the underwing pattern had me thinking it's juv. Martial eagle but the undertail pattern and spotting on the legs(?) made me take a second look at juv. African Crowned eagle or am I completely off base? :lol:
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