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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:56 am

granjan wrote:I'm really struggling to identify these birds I saw near Skukuza last week. Didn't see them fly - a truck rushed between us and they were gone. I find brown raptors REALLY REALLY difficult!
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If one looks at the tail of the bird on the right, it can be seen that the outer most retrices are longer than the inner ones. This leads to the suggestion that both these two birds are juvenile Kites, of which the two species are very difficult to tell apart in juvenile plumage.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:33 pm

Matthew, I would love to be able to help you but I am afraid I am just not good enough to be able to give you a clear ID on your pic.
Sorry.


We saw this Eagle in KTP 2 weeks ago and I would like to know if it could be the streaked or striped version of the Tawny or am I on the wrong track completely.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ross hawkins » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:02 pm

Elsa wrote:Matthew, I would love to be able to help you but I am afraid I am just not good enough to be able to give you a clear ID on your pic.
Sorry.


We saw this Eagle in KTP 2 weeks ago and I would like to know if it could be the streaked or striped version of the Tawny or am I on the wrong track completely.

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Hi Elsa

Looks to be a Yellow-billed Kite

Have a close look @ the legs of this bird and you will see that they are not fully feathered. All true eagles have fully feathered legs. So that immediately points you away from The Tawny

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:50 pm

It can't be a Yellow-billed Kite because a YBK has a totally yellow bill. But it might be a Black Kite.
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby walt3 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:05 pm

Elsa, I agree with Ross, juvenile yellowbilled kite.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ross hawkins » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:21 pm

Ok a slight adjustment

Just looking through Complete Photographic guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.

The Juvenile Yellow-billed and Black Kites are very similar and hard to differentiate in the field, as both have black bill with yellow cere and buffy margins to the feathers on the back of the bird

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:59 pm

Elsa wrote:Matthew, I would love to be able to help you but I am afraid I am just not good enough to be able to give you a clear ID on your pic.
Sorry.


We saw this Eagle in KTP 2 weeks ago and I would like to know if it could be the streaked or striped version of the Tawny or am I on the wrong track completely.

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You are most likely wrong as some mentioned this bird is one of the Kites in juvenile plumage
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:22 pm

Yes, its seems I was on the wrong track and my bird is indeed a Juv Yellow-billed Kite, which I have never seen before, only the adults.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby charbel » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:58 pm

And then this one, a different raptor.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ross hawkins » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:57 pm

Hi Charbel

Yellow-billed or Black Kite.
In this pic you can see the forked tail and the wings are held above the birds body and are slightly pointed.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby walt3 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:14 pm

Hi Charbel.

Tails scream kite, most likely yellow-billed since in Kruger.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby charbel » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:03 am

Many many thanks!

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Re: Kite: Yellow billed

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:23 am

Saw a yellow billed kite drifting along Pierneef Rd in Villieria (Pretoria) at about 5 minutes past 6 this morning.

Interestingly, the only other time I've seen a YBK in Pretoria was in late February last year, also very early in the morning, over Duncan Rd in Hatfield.

The two sightings are about 5 kms apart.

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Re: Kite: Yellow billed

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:37 am

Only just found this thread. :thumbs_up:

We have been in Port Edward since October, and regularly have YBKs flying over our garden.
Saw one yesterday :dance: :dance:

However, I have yet to see one land to get a better view :cry: :cry:

Here's hoping :pray: :pray:

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Re: Kite: Yellow billed

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:01 pm

I have it on good authority that these raptors seen in KTP in Jan are in fact Juvenile Yellow-billed Kites, a first of a juv. for us.

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