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Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:55 am

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:41 am

Those are great pics WTM, whereabouts were they taken?

I must admit I have great difficulty in identifying some of the different species of raptors, ie the Steppe and this one but can see the difference now, the eye colour and the bill makes it unique.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:58 am

Elsa it was seen in the North West province. Yes, I agree that it is not always easy to id between the 2. Had great sightings of the Steppe too.
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Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:43 pm

Honey Buzzard

Slighly bigger than the Steppe Buzzard, with a longer tail and smaller head. Immature birds lack the distinct tail bands andf have brown eyes. Prefers wooded country.

Has anybody seen this bird?
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Re: (European) Honey Buzzard

Unread postby francoisd » Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:15 am

Wild about cats wrote:Has anybody seen this bird?

Yes. In Newlands forest (the entry point at the reservoir where the SANParks helicopters are) on 10 March 2007.

Had good views of it in flight but no photos of it unfortunately.
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Unread postby j-ms » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:00 am

Seen HB in that unmentionable Elephant reserve in Zwa-Zulu on the Mozambique border last year November (also picked up Plain-backed Sunbird there).

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Unread postby wanderw » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:14 am

Seen HB in TMNP, below Elephants Eye cave near Tokia, Quite a few sightings this summer and last but all in flight, sorry no pics! :(

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Re: Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:30 am

I went out for on a high scale birding operation for lifers yesterday afternoon in the Pretoria area. After doing over 5km of "klapping" toes through bush, forest and vleis without ticking any lifers I was starting to ponder whether my mission was on the brink of failure. I decided to head to a part of town where I have not been to for a few years now and it was great to see that my old stakeouts still held their various specials.

I was walking through a stand of pine trees with imminent weather threating to finally wash my hopes away for good when I heard a loudish "whoosh" as I flushed something out of the tall pines.

I turned around just in time to see a remarkably sizable bird of prey gliding through the trees and landing on a branch about 200m away from me. I was astonished by the size of the bird as I had been when I last saw a Black Sparrowhawk earlier this year. At first glance the bird looked to be the same size and even slightly bigger than a Black Sparrowhawk and together with the light coloration it had I just new that I had something very special on my hands here.

I got a good look at it through the bins as it was perching on the branch. There was very little doubt by now after seeing a smallish pigeon-like head, long tail and light coloration that it was indeed a ripsnorter of a sighting in the form of European Honey-Buzzard.

It flew off once more which forced me to play a round of hide and seek with it. It was quite reminiscent of my days as a young boy when my brothers and I had played cowboys and crooks in open velds and in blue gum tree stands. :lol:

I crept from blue gum tree to blue gum tree, kneeling behind bushes and eventually managed to get a great look through the bins at it just as a ray of sun broke through the dark clouds. The bright yellow eye, indicated by some guide books as a sign of a female bird was as prominent as a zit of a 12 year old schoolboy's forehead!

Back home I looked through my guide to confirm the size of it and as I thought it to be, slightly bigger than a Black Sparrowhawk. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:53 pm

Hi

Please help me ID this raptor: it is a poor photo as it was taken through the windscreen and it had just started to rain too.

Seen on the Frederikstad road, 20 km from Potchefstroom.

It seems to be a bit larger than a Steppe Buzzard, but more slim, brownish back, with white to the feather tips.
The head seems small, yellow eye, cannot make out the colour of the beak and cere?
I have no idea what this could be.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johann » Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:31 pm

Looking at the GISS of the bird, including the smallish head I would say it looks pretty good for European Honey Buzzard.
Maybe Google some pics (like this one) and compare with what you saw Yolandé.
They seem to be getting a bit more common than in the past but still a very nice bird to have on your list.
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:36 pm

Thanks Johann!! :dance: That was my call too. I'm thrilled!
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Re: Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:56 pm

This was taken by Colin de Villiers in 4 Elder Street Bryanston X3 on the 10th November, apparently it's still around! Thanks Cherries for all the info...

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Re: Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby TrevorC » Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:46 pm

We spotted one of these at Northern Farm last Sunday on a Wits Bird Club outing.

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Re: Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby Johann » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:59 pm

S63 Pafuri, Jan 2010

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Re: Buzzard: European Honey

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:51 pm

Juvenile photographed today in the Solleveld Nature Reserve, South of Den Haag.

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