I would like to redirect your attention to the photo Bucky posted
A birding friend of mine emailed me and said he visited the site and saw that one of the raptors were identified incorrectly and he pointed me to the bird Bucky posted.
According to him the bird is the pale form of the Booted Eagle.
I only have SASOL at work with me and my raptor book with photos is at home so I cannot look at other illustrations. When I looked at the photo of Bucky I was also not entirely convinced but raptors are large LBJs to me.
In SASOL I could not see the striped pattern on the chest so queried Tertius about that and also asked him to put to paper his reasons for the identification.
As Tertius is not a member of the Forum he asked me to post his reply. I’ll try my best at translating his Afrikaans message:
I have also not had a change yet to look at the illustration of Booted Eagle in SASOL but know for sure that the vertical stripes on the chest can vary from nearly absent/few to many. If SASOL shows Booted Eagle without stripes it is only one of the possible variations. Booted Eagles also have a light coloured eye, but it is more a yellowish-brown and not as white as that of adult Greater Kestrel. Remember that the eyes of a juvenile Greater Kestrel is not as white as that of the adult, and are usually also yellowish-brown
The general jizz of the bird in the photo is also definitely that of an eagle and not a falcon.
Falcons (Genus: Falco) all have a "tooth" on the cutting edge of the upper mandible, which the bird in the photo does not show. If you look closely to the feather pattern and the colour of the chest and wings and then compare it to that of a Greater Kestrel you will see that it is totally different. The general "feathering" of a Greater Kestrel can be a very dull red-brown colour but the black patterns on the individual feathers are very prominent. The Greater Kestrel also has slight horizontal stripes on the stomach, something which is never present in Booted Eagle
OK you raptor lovers. We have a new "cat amongst the pigeons" as far as the ID of this bird is concerned
I have subsequently found an illustration
that shows a pale form with more striping on the chest, and looks very much like the bird in Bucky's photo.