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 Post subject: Hobby, Eurasian
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:38 pm 
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I am pretty sure I saw a Hobby (Falco subbuteo) in Pilanesberg 3 weeks ago, from close distance. Is this normal. I thought this was outside the normal wintering grounds.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:07 pm 
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Wouterr wrote:
I am pretty sure I saw a Hobby (Falco subbuteo) in Pilanesberg 3 weeks ago, from close distance. Is this normal. I thought this was outside the normal wintering grounds.

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Wouter

This seems to be a good year for Eurasian Hobbies and Pilanesberg is well within their (boreal) wintering grounds.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:55 pm 
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and how about this one, taken near Berg-n-dal, also last Sunday (early morning). Single bird, and processed to death to get a reasonable picture for identification. Could not get the other side unfortunately....

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So which falcon?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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The falcon is more interesting.

Based on the slender build and wing length it is one of the migratory falcons. The bill is not red, thus ruling out Amur and red-footed. So the main contenders are likely to be one of the hobby falcons, or a young/female sooty, which is about as far as I can help you there. You can probably rule out African hobby as it tends to have more rufus on the chest (that you can't see properly :( )

Sooty sometimes travels in loose groups, and has a more pronounced yellow eye ring, so I may suggest that your bird may be a Eurasian Hobby.

At least that's my take on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:51 pm 
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I have got a picture of an European Hobby (Faucon hobereau)... from Switzerland... will have a look...

I'm flabbergast by the way you ID a bird :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I have only the back too... a big chance for me to see this one, 25.7.2010

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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Eurasian Hobby :thumbs_up: (Great sighting and pic)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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A juv Lanner Falcon??

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I only have a very old Ian Sinclair's field guide with photos that are not great and a Sasol guide, so am a bit limited in identifying the different birds based on eye, beak or leg colour or juvenilles, so thanks for all your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Blimey! You don't do it by halves do you?

Eurasian Hobby.

Hard to reply as the photos are not visible in this window!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Wow Maxwell, well that would be about 5 firsts for me (it is easy to get firsts when you are new to birding)! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :lol: :lol:

Thanks so much for taking the trouble to ID these for me. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Hobby, Eurasian
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A sought after falcon for most birders. Seen mostly at dusk when hunting.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby, Eurasian
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Where did you see the Hobby?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobby, Eurasian
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This particular bird we saw at the MPCA dam along Zaagkuil road in November and I wouldn't be surprised if you go out there now just before dusk and pick it up. :wink:

Previous personal sightings of it were at Kgomo-Kgomo, close to Matsulu bridge between Malelane and Afsaal, along the Biyamithi private road and at Shimuwini, over the river.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby, Eurasian
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Even a very rare bird in western-europe

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby, Eurasian
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Hi I saw this bird on the 23 November and 24th November 2012 both days on the S120 about 2 to 3kms from the H3. It took me a while to work out what it was as it was raining and the bird was a bit wet.


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