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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks, BB and okie, for confirming my steppe buzzard :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Please can you help with the ID of this raptor seen in Kruger in Feb this year.
I have it tentatively as a Steppe Buzzard but really not sure?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Yay! :clap:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I'd first thought that this might be a very pale morph steppe buzzard, but now, particularly because of the rufous and barred tail, I'm not so sure :hmz: Seen along the R27 between Yzerfontein and WCNP on 3 January 2013.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Also in 2008 I took photos of 2 unidentified raptors during our November visit to Pilanesberg. These are the only photos I’ve got and they are not very good.

The first one seems like a Forrest Buzzard but I do not think it is common in Pilanesberg.

The second one is completely unknown to me.

This is my first attempt to enter pictures on Forum so bear with me if it does not work.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Steppe Buzzards :thumbs_up:

Forest Buzzard prefers forest habitat.

Photo 2 actually is the one that is the easier ID as you can see the distinct barring on the underparts.

The biggest thing that seperates Steppe from Forest is that Forest has blotch markings on the underparts as apposed to barring like you can see in photo 2 of the Steppe.

Photo 1 might be confusing, but you can see slight barring. Steppe Buzzards have variable plumage which can range from dark heavy barring (Photo 2) to little barring and even whitish underparts (photo 1)


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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thank you DotDan,

I did not think photo 2 was a buzzard at all from that the posture.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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With all the interesting discussion of Birgitta's buzzards, did mine get overlooked? :hmz:
arks wrote:
I'd first thought that this might be a very pale morph steppe buzzard, but now, particularly because of the rufous and barred tail, I'm not so sure :hmz: Seen along the R27 between Yzerfontein and WCNP on 3 January 2013.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Hi arks,

I'd go for Steppe buzzard - rufous morph.

Forest buzzard and Jackal buzzard can also have a tail that looks like that, but dark eye = adult, so the back is too light to be a Jackal buzzard, and the habitat - perched out in the open on a pole, makes it probably not a forest buzzard... :lol:

(Not that I know all that much about buzzards :lol: :lol: ... just my guesses :lol: )


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks, dabchick! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Been out of the bird watching scene for a while now (if you can call 15 years a while). Great to be back again I must say. Nevertheless, need to verify one or two little buggers if possible please.

Brown Snake Eagle?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Here's my go!

juvenile gabar goshawk

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The "brown snake eagle" is more likely to be one of the buzzards, possibly a juvenile Jackal Buzzard. When and where did you see it?


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