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Eagle: African Crowned Eagle

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Re: Eagle: African Crowned Eagle

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:10 pm

This one about 1km east of Pafuri picnic spot, end September. A lifer for me! :)

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Re: Eagle: African Crowned Eagle

Unread postby shivati » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:50 pm

Spotted on 28 July 2009 on the S99 (Mahonie Loop) near Punda Maria. This beauty had just finished feeding on what looked like a scrub hare.

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Only the second Crowned Eagle seen by myself - the first was around 20 years ago on the S64 near Pafuri, KNP.

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Re: Eagle: African Crowned Eagle

Unread postby davegrohl » Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:08 pm

Saw one last week about 10kms after the Phalborwa gate.

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Unread postby Henk » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:07 am

DuQues wrote:African Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)

Geographical Range:
Found only in Mozambique, most of Zimbabwe and north eastern and along the east coast of South Africa
Diet:
The Crowned Eagle is a carnivore that feeds on mammals 98% of the time. Sometimes the eagle may feed on a reptile such as Varanus lizards or large snakes, including venomous species.
The main prey of the Crowned Eagle, whose habitat is in dense forest areas, is the monkey. When they main prey of the Crowned Eagle is scarce the eagle will kill small mammals. (i.e. rats.)

Physical Description:
Crowned Eagles are very large, weighing about ± 3.8 Kg and about 80-90 cm tall. They are very powerful eagles that have a full divides crest. Their wings are short and rounded while the tail of the crowned eagle is very long and broad. They have a compressed bill. The crowned eagle has heavy legs and heavy, short toes with large talons.

Special Adaptations:
Most of the Eagles killing is done on the ground, except for the monkey and hyrax. Killing on the ground for the Eagle gives it another advantage, because it has the ability to fly almost vertically to a branch.

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About the bird. (Longer read)

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I wasn't what we were looking at, but now received confirmation from the ID threat.

We saw this African Crouwned Eagle sitting in the open on the ground in Addo. A crow was trying to chase it away but with no sucsess. I recon it was on its prey. It was my first sighting of this Eagle and it looks according to info if it is very far south to find them. Any remarks from you experts will be appreciated.

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:06 pm

Henk wrote:We saw this African Crouwned Eagle sitting in the open on the ground in Addo. A crow was trying to chase it away but with no sucsess. I recon it was on its prey. It was my first sighting of this Eagle and it looks according to info if it is very far south to find them. Any remarks from you experts will be appreciated.


Look at the map on the Southern African Birding Atlas Project 2. You'll notice that yes, it is most commonly seen in Natal (less so in Mpumalanga and Limpopo) but there have been sightings much further down the coast, especially in the Eastern Cape.
It is an awesome bird and a great sighting no matter where :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:38 am

Ok..I just finished working through 5000 odd bird photos and need help..some of them I need confirmation of ID and some..I have no idea!

Next, African Crowned Eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:59 am

You are correct: Juvenile Crowned Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:55 pm

Mgoddard,
2- :thumbs_up: imm Crowned

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:02 pm

Hey, mgoddard! Nice to see you! :dance:

Maybe you should put the localities and month under each pic?

Great pics! :clap:

Crowned eagles have been seen along the Sabie and Croc Rivers in the South! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Mgoddard » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:56 am

RP, thanks...I will try and put that on, but just to get the pics from my drive to flickr to the forum is really time consuming...

Kamadejo...thank u!!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Trevor Hardaker » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:29 pm

Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:Mgoddard,
2- :thumbs_up: imm Crowned


Of course, you should all be believing Lizet! :o After all, she has the id's 100% correct (not that there was ever any doubt about that...!). :clap:

For what it's worth, I'll stick my votes together with Lizet's on all of the above id's.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:17 pm

Trevor, thanks for the confirmation :thumbs_up:

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Re: Eagle: African Crowned Eagle

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:12 pm

We were lucky enough to spot this Crowned Eagle in Kruger between Lower Sabie and Skukuza in June this year, a lifer for us.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:45 pm

Last one for today. Both photographed in Ithala NP, KZN, August 2011.

First one probably to far (bad quality) for positive ID, but I can't even seem to settle on a family?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:02 pm

The heavily barred underparts, big robust frame and head and the place where you saw it.. Crowned Eagle. Great sighting that!! :thumbs_up:


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