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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Gregor » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:25 am

Agree with Barcud on this one, streaked chest and greyish color point in that direction.
Also it seems the bird was sitting on a high building? This is typical Peregrin falcon behaviour. In Holland we call them "slechtvalk" btw.
Did you see it recently? Since it is a summer visitor I think.
The only thing that gives me some doubts is that it looks like there are some reddish parts around the eyes and back head. Or am I wrong about that?
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Unread postby sandeep » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:56 am

Lizet Thank you and your comments much appreciated.
Another query, and I do apologise for showing my ignorance and taking your time - do you see the peregrine falcon in SA??

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:50 am

Best place in my opinion is in the Augrabies National Park. From the lookout in the main camp you can see them fly over the gorge, just make sure you don't confuse Peregrine with Juv. Lanner! Cape Town also has a few birds around.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Trevor Hardaker » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:19 am

Sandeep,

Cape Town has the highest density of Peregrines of any place in the world! They are literally all over the place with a number of pairs breeding along the Peninsula mountain chain (from Table Mountain all the way to the tip of the Peninsula where a pair inhabit the cliffs at Cape Point and can even be seen from pelagic trips occasionally as you pass Cape Point on your way out to sea) and they also breed in the Tygerberg Hills and on a number of buildings throughout the greater Cape Town area.

I see Peregrines almost daily on my drives around Cape Town and it is a great distraction to be able to watch a Peregrine hunting while you are stuck in traffic!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby sandeep » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:07 am

Trevor/ Lizet
Thank you for your response. In all my travels to SA have never seen peregrines, but now will keep a look out whenever I get a chance to visit Cape Town next - hopefully soon enough :)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:02 pm

We saw this guy in the gloom near Strandfontein while out looking for the pharalope.

I think it is a juvenile lanner falcon, but ???

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I have more pics similar to the first one.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:50 pm

with red footed :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby pantera leo » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:49 am

Have another look at the facial markings BB. :D

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:57 am

:hmz: Greyish cap PL, to my eyes it has a bit of a few species and I am foncused....
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby pantera leo » Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:13 pm

Location and the shape of the "tear" should be the give away! :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:53 pm

Going out on a limb here, but my initial thought when I saw these pix was peregrine, so perhaps a juvenile peregrine (streaks on chest rather than barred)? :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:56 pm

The facial markings look like peregrine, but the bird appeared larger.

Juvenile peregrine.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby pantera leo » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:20 am

Peregrine :thumbs_up:

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Re: Falcon, Peregrine

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:58 am

It is hard to believe that it took me just under 8 years to see my first Peregrine and since then they have been popping up left, right and centre.

At the moment there are two birds at my work premises in JHB which I see now on a daily basis. Awesome!

Here is the sub-adult male that started visiting 2 days ago.

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And here is the adult female (photo taken in Jan 2014):

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Here the female still showed some rufous on the vent which could point to it being a sub-adult back in 2012.

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Re: Falcon, Peregrine

Unread postby umtali1 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:49 am

Brilliant :dance: What a treat :clap:

It appears not unusual behaviour for peregrines. They can be seen quite easily in London, UK, at various landmarks. Apparently there is a designated website to them. One pair has been breeding for eleven consecutive years. Plenty of pigeons for them to take :thumbs_up:
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