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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ice » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:44 pm

One more from me again

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby pantera leo » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:58 pm

Hi there Ice waiting for confirmation here from the Big Birders but I'd recon this is probably a Juv African Fish-Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby sterblan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:16 pm

While waiting for the "big birders" I agree with Pantera Leo's indentification.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ice » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:20 pm

sterblan wrote:While waiting for the "big birders" I agree with Pantera Leo's indentification.


thanks, I'll wait with you :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:19 pm

Need some help with this raptor. Seen in KNP in March.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:37 pm

Immature Fish eagle. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:12 pm

Thank you, Imberbe. :D :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:51 pm

:thumbs_up:
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:06 pm

I am having difficulty identifying this bird. You would think that the barred chest would make it easy, such as an African Hawk Eagle but the head colouring is not consistant. Immature pale form Honey Buzzard also comes to mind but not in my bird book.

Spotted 2 of these on the tar road just south of Nkulu in early September

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Toko » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:08 pm

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nighthawk2, here is the pic
Now the birders can ID.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:11 pm

Instant gut feeling ... immature Fish eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:49 pm

Thanks Toko, I goofed up posting the picture.
Imberbe, photo was taken late afternoon so light was a problem. Sasol bird book of immature fish eagle shows barred neck, plus it was quite large. It doesn't seem to perch like a Fish Eagle either.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:48 am

I agree with Imberbe - most likely an immature fish eagle.

It could be an osprey. Difficult to see from the photo. I have only ever seen an osprey once, and that was in flight. (Of course I've become seriously happy about immature fish eagles several times, thinking they were osprey's, only to realise after a bit that they were indeed fish eagles :| :lol: :lol: )

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JoelR » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:18 am

nighthawk2 wrote:...It doesn't seem to perch like a Fish Eagle either.

...which is unacceptable, but it still is one. Probably 3rd or 4rth year. Note the dark eyes, yellow base to the bill, dark underparts and fat eagle-like body. :)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:06 pm

Thanks Dabchick & JoelR.

The picture on the forum may not be all that clear. If interested, send me a PM & I can forward a larger version that you can zoom in on.
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