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Unread postby eladn » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:19 am

Johann wrote:Sorry, Elad but could maybe repost the pic. It's just a wee bit on the small side :wink:


Sorry for that, hopefully my second attempt will be better:

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:14 pm

Perfect. :D

Now, that is a 4th or 5th year Bateleur like I mentioned in a previous post. Notice the yellow bill etc. It will soon start changing, feathers to black, face and feet to pink and then red.
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Unread postby AGATHA » Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:49 am

Here are some pics I took in October 2005 just outside Skukuza.


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I thought the light was quite good.
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Unread postby jonty1 » Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:48 pm

:shock: Wow there are some talented photographers in this forum :)
such a beautiful bird. we are usually lucky to spot at least one on our KNP trips, and its always a treat.

we saw this fella in April along the river road from croc to malelane. a car came round the corner unfortunately and scared him off. but he was a beauty :)
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:00 am

Saw this one on our last trip ..

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:11 am

Saw this Immature Bataleur on the S25 in June. :D
Must be honest and admit that I had it pegged as a Brown Snake Eagle initially.
Just find the immature's so difficult to ID. :? :roll:

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:49 pm

They have hardly any tail Elsa and are the sepia version of the adult!
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Unread postby wildheart » Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:00 pm

Bush Baptist :mrgreen:

I have only seen them up North. We saw this one close to Pafuri.
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Unread postby elpaco » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:34 pm

On our last trip, we saw an immature bateleur on a high tree and then a second one on another tree about 300 meters away.
we were quite surprised to see 2 in a so short distance...
do you think these might be related in any way or are they maybe immature fighting for a territory ???
what do you think?

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Unread postby ice » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:57 pm

another one, please..

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KTP 04/07

brown snake eagle?

btw: I know some of these pictures are not very clear - the vast majority is (thank God) of much better qualit...however, these ones I can identify myself ;-)

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Unread postby elpaco » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:04 pm

IMHO a brown snake eagle should have yellow eyes and I rather see them dark
I would rather go for an Immature bateleur but I wonder about the legs, I can't see their colour on this photo .do you have another one from another angle ?
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Unread postby deefstes » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:08 pm

Looks more like a Bateleur to me.
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Unread postby ice » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:09 pm

only one other

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not sure if you can see the legs any better on this one

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Unread postby elpaco » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:13 pm

they look white or so,
probably not a bateleur then ...
I need to have a check at my book tonight ...
by that time professional birders will answer you ... :)
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Unread postby deefstes » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:15 pm

I'm not even sure that you need to see the legs to identify this as a young Bateleur. Even so, you can see that they are white on this photo which is good for Bateleur. Note, only the young Bateleur will have white legs, they turn bright red as the bird gets to its adult plumage.

Other than that, the tail (or lack thereof) and the shape of the bill is, in my opinion, good enough to ID Bateleur.
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