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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:26 am 
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Greater Kestrel :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:42 am 
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I also suspect this of being a greater kestrel.
Last year we spotted one near Musina, not far from Kruger, so they probably occur in Kruger aswell.

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:48 am 
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Many thanks BC BM and Gregor I also saw there are 4 reported sightings 3 in the same area so this would appear to be a regular visitor to that area, the area there is ideal for these birds.

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 Post subject: Re: Kestrel: Greater
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I got some great shots this weekend during a raptor ringing outing... a greater kestrel really entertained me and provided great photo opportunities.

I barely got set up with trap and camera at the ready when "Geronimo!" ...the kestrel launched itself from the telephone post.

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Initially it first hovered over the bal-chatri for a moment before settling into its effort to extract the lure.

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Repeatedly it alighted on the trap, walking all over it without a loop snaring it as is supposed to happen. Eventually another young bird joined in to inspect what the commotion was all about, but it didn’t stay long

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The first bird would take off for a short rest on the nearby posts and try again. Or sometimes it would take off, then bank sharply to come back at the trap.

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Sometimes it landed next to the bal-chatri, other times right on top. Between rests I actually took a gamble to drive up to the trap to reset the loops as I could see through my spotting scope that most have closed up, making them totally ineffective.

Amazingly the kestrel needed no invitation to attack once more… twice more… and on the third visit – success… the moment the snare got a leg to work on it was all over!

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Obviously a portrait shot of a bird in the hand is the prize after the bird had been banded, measured and weighed…

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After posting these pix I noticed that I was part of a misidentification folly earlier in this thread... I believe deefstes' first call was correct - juvenile brown snake-eagle! WTM's bird has a very distinct black ring around the iris, none of the yellow cere and fleshy bits around the eye. Even the wing patterns are wrong for a kestrel, but quite right for a young brown snake-eagle.

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 Post subject: Re: Kestrel: Greater
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Wow, I'm speachless, fantastic photography!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kestrel: Greater
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Terrific captures!! Well done :clap: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kestrel: Greater
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A beautiful bird and fantastic photography JvR. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Let me start by apologising for the pictures, (very new to photographing birds and can only hope to improve) but can somebody perhaps tell me what these birds are?
Seen in KTP during Dec.

Most of my other unknown seem to be juvenile PCG's, but this one loks different to me.

Can't even hazard a guess at these 2

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Thanks so much.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Hi Rookie!

At first glance this looked easy, then I looked again...

Here's my guess:
Greater Kestrel I think - but I can't see the birds clearly

Where's the experts? :|


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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KTP has given me some questions of my own.

A greater kestrel??

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I know that this is a long list, but I was very proud of myself for managing to ID the Familiar and Ant-eating Chat, a Marico Flycatcher, a Green Winged Ptyllia, a Violet Cheeked and Black faced Waxbill and a Karoo Scrub Robin, so I am definitely improving.

Appreciate any help you can give me.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rookie,
#4 Greater Kestrel :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Wow, Thanks Lizet!

That gives me couple of lifers! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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A 'few' from southern KTP early March 12. At least I know the Martial Eagle which we saw a lot (incl Juveniles), but these brown ones :doh:

4) This cute fluffy thing doesn't really match anything I can think of
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5) Wing-shape points me in the direction of a Kestrel, if so then Greater Kestrel seems to match colours an brown barred tail the best :?
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A lot I know but hope someone in the know has a bit of time on their hands. Many thanks for any help.

Michael


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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The cute fluffy thing #4 is a greater kestrel.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks Adrian, much appreciated :D

Regards, Michael


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