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Bateleur

Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri May 09, 2008 12:01 pm

On our last day in the Park we came across this carcass in the tree.....the white legs and beak got me confused...once again I think its a bearded vulture, but they dont appear in Kruger....someone said its an eagle...please help.

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Unread postby Niall » Fri May 09, 2008 12:06 pm

I would say juv Bateleur - they do scavenge, and colour of face and beak points to Bateleur.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri May 09, 2008 12:09 pm

I'd agree with Niall. Plus the unfeathered legs also being a good pointer.

Excellent sighting thou, MGoddard!! :clap:

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue May 13, 2008 6:33 pm

Best recent sighting was of a pair on the S25.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Tue May 27, 2008 7:54 am

I was very lucky to see this adult land right in front of us in the road picking up a small snake....

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And this juvenile (sub adult) the next day on an impala kill :D :D

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue May 27, 2008 7:59 am

The adult in the first pic, MGoddard is a male. The female shows a broad light/white bar a little bit further down on the wing in sitting position.

In flight the male will show a broad black bar at the trailing edge of the under wing. The female has a much more narrow black trailing edge.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Tue May 27, 2008 8:31 am

Thanks again WTM....by what age/stage do the brown feathers and the white beak and legs change color?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue May 27, 2008 8:43 am

I recall that it took them 7 to 8 years to reach this amazing plumage. Will just look it up again to confirm.

Yip, 7 to 8 years it is. Awesome hey?

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Unread postby Jan Havenga » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:41 am

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we wactched this bateleur drop out of the sky like a bullet and catch what appears to be a snake on the side of the road. unbeleivable sighting to have witnessed , only to be spoilt by some idiot who then drove too close to the bird where he was feasting. it also appears as if there is a type of covering(shield) protecting his eyes? could that be? we saw this on the H4 near the picnic spot between Lower Sabie/Skukuza on 29 June 2008. :D
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Bateler versus warthog

Unread postby wmahon465 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:42 pm

We were parked on the roadway near Nesamani water close to Satara watching crocs and hippos. Noticed my first Bateleur drinking at the waters edge, a few warthogs were moving to water about 50 yds away when one decided it did'nt like someone sharing this pool.
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Finally he squared up to the warthog which actually tried to head butt the bird, ImageImage. The bateleur lifted off about 10 yds, then landed again, the warthog eventually got bored and walked away.Image

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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby Jock » Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:17 am

Here are the pictures Yolande has sent me to post for her. I will let her give details on the pictures. They really are stunning, thanks so much for sharing them with us Yolande.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:06 pm

ID please (video) Never got stills - sorry!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:27 pm

Immature Bateleur :wink:
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:01 pm

Juvenile Bateleur seen behind Shingwedzi
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:26 pm

Yip, that's a juvenile Bateleur!
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