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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:26 am

Greater Kestrel :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Gregor » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:42 am

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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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wingman » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:48 am

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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Re: Kestrel: Greater

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:17 pm

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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Re: Kestrel: Greater

Unread postby BushFairy » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:24 pm

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

Unread postby Tilandi » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:41 am

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

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:00 pm

A beautiful bird and fantastic photography JvR. :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rookie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:07 am

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:29 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:42 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:45 pm

Rookie,
#4 Greater Kestrel :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Wow, Thanks Lizet!

That gives me couple of lifers! :dance: :dance:
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:01 pm

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.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:01 pm

The cute fluffy thing #4 is a greater kestrel.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:22 pm

Thanks Adrian, much appreciated :D

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