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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:54 am

Short wedge-shaped tail, broad head.

Looks like an immature Bateleur.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:17 am

Ja hell the tail is a dead give away :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:36 am

Just for interest sake.

We located, what I would estimate to be about 5years (it takes 7 to 8 years for them to obtain the adult plumage!) old, Bateleur in Nelspruit on Saturday morning. A first record for it in Pentad 2525_3100 and by no means a common bird outside Kruger! All of us present rather enjoyed that rare sighting.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:05 pm

Thanks Wildtuinman, DotDan :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby noel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:44 pm

Saw this beauty at a Kudu carcass, sharing it with some vultures. It got itself a morsel.

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Thorougly enjoyed this sighting!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:42 pm

Is this a tawny eagle?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Barcud » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:33 pm

Hi MWT,

Your bird is an immature Bateleur Eagle. The bare skin in front of the eye is a good pointer and you can just make out that the wings (primary feathers) stick out beyond the small tail.

The "scalloped" feathering around the head is also a good pointer.

Great photo by the way :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Gregor » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:54 pm

Agree with you barcud, yep imm. Bateleur, and indeed great picture.
I once saw an immature bateleur which was really young. Funny, from a distance it looked like an owl! The head was all fluffyand looked as big as the head from an owl.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:21 pm

Thank you for your help :D

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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:16 pm

Young Bateleur taken on the H11 near Paul Kruger Gate in July 2010


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:19 am

Please confirm if the following identification is correct. It is not always easy to identify a brown Raptor.

Image 1 - Bateleur (juvenile)
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Image 2 - Bateleur (juvenile)
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I think it is a juvenile Bateleur due to the following:
    * Yellow eyes is less intense.
    * Yellow beak.
    * Unfeathered Legs.
    * Short tail feathers.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:28 am

:thumbs_up: The legs are turning red as well...

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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby adw » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:29 pm

Taken on the Sweni Road (S126).
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On my next trip I came across a juvenile Bateleur who was shedding his feathers for a mature 'look' and had a mixture of both plumages. He looked stunning but my photo does not do him justice so I have not posted his photo.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby kitefarrago » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:53 pm

I visited South Africa for the first time in August and spent most of my time in Kruger National Park. The two images enclosed were taken there, in the southern half of the park.

I'm still fairly new to birdwatching and would like confirmation about the id of the birds (these are different individual).

Are they both immature bateleurs?

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My guide describes them as `uniformly coloured', and the second one certainly doesn't fit that description.

Thanks for your help. I've got a couple more I'll post about in a moment.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Barcud » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:05 pm

Hi Kitefarrago,

Welcome to the Forum.

:thumbs_up: Both are immature bateleurs. The green bare patch in front of the eye is a good ID feature, as is the short tail. Nice photos by the way.


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