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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:27 pm 
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Hi trevor

Just had a look at your site, quality photos and amazing sightings :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Pleasure Caracal yep you certainly are spoilt in SA my favourite being the Long Crested Eagle which I saw last year on my drive back to the airport lovely way to finish my trip :dance: hopefully see one again this year :thumbs_up:


Funny you should say that...the only Long Crested Eagle I have seen was also on the way to the airport. We had exited the Malalane gate and we were making our way to the airport outside Nelspruit ....:) Indeed a great way to finish a trip !!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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El-Bok wrote:
Hi trevor

Just had a look at your site, quality photos and amazing sightings :thumbs_up:


Thanks El-Bok - appreciate it!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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One day when I am big I am also going to be able to ID birds like Trevor :wink:

Thx Trevor for the detail in ID'ing....most interesting !!! :clap:


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And another taken in Feb in the KTP

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Juvenile Shikra ????

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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Caracal, this bird is a Shikra.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Ok, here are a couple of raptor testers and to make matters worse some of them were soaked in the rain! All taken over the weekend around Shimuwini.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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a=Shikra: red eye; yellow cere; finely barred white front (evidence ruffled up by breeze); tail pattern with unmarked center feathers

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a. I think its a Shikra.The deep red eye confirms


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Please help.

My first thought was a black shouldered Kite, but I am not seeing the black shoulder, so my next option, after paging through my book, is a Shikra, but I am really not sure.

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@ Maxwell...I am pretty sure that it is NOT a cuckoo!! :tongue: :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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superb :clap:
I will go also for a Shikra :D (long tail)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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No its not (a Cuckoo).
Probably a Shikra. Where was the picture taken? How big would you guess the bird was? I am reticent because the eye is not bright red and I sense grey banding not red/brown above the raised leg. Both these could well be a trick of the lighting of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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It was taken on 1 of the little loops on the H4-1 close to the high water bridge at Skukuza. It was far away and was a case of "what is that....stop a second" Push camera up to full zoom and take a photo for later ID.

I have cropped it severely to try to make it a bit clearer. It was probably BSK size or slightly bigger. It didn't strike me as a PCG due to the eye and cere colour (but then I am really no expert as you may have noticed).

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Hi Rookie, the plain grey tail with white tip and cherry red eye can only point to Shikra :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I was considering at the possibility of Ovambo Sparrowhawk due to the 'darker' eye and grey barring and maybe size.
Rookies size as BSK would still do that as would the greyish barring but the lighter picture shows a brighter eye than at first as well as size of the whole eye to the head..
I'll go with Shikra on the basis of location too.

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