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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bahamut » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:31 am

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I id this as an juv fish eagle. Roberts mentioned the whitish tail with brown or black tip.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:44 am

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Imberbe wrote:Its an juvenile Fish Eagle. :wink:


Why? Didnt even think of that. But anyway.. IMO this one is to light for a juv fish eagle. They show a lot of white during flight but when perched, barely any. Where crowned juveniles are much more lighter and a tad rufousy. Also juv fish eagle has a mostly yellow bill? Juv crowned mostly grey. All these pointed me to crowned. But im probably wrong, havnt seen fish eagles enough to judge, so I see where you're coming from Imberbe. 8)


No ... juvenile fish eagle do not have a yellow bill.

The juvenile fish eagle can show a lot of white when perching, as the amount of white is increasing as it gets older.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:27 am

Nannie, your Eagle is an immature African Fish Eagle. The mottled belly and streaked breast are the pointers. An immature African Crowned Eagle has yellow feet and almost no markings on the chest or belly.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:33 am

Bahamut, your Eagle is also an immature African Fish Eagle. And your tail pointer is a very good one to follow on your pic.

Again. the mottled belly and streaked breast are the main id points for this species. :D
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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby wildheart » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:09 pm

We were sitting at Sunset-dam for about an hour or so watching two fish-eagles. They flew to the opposite side of the dam so we crabbed the binocs to see what was going to happen. They landed about a meter away from a crock that was inside the water but close to the edge. The next moment the crock hit the water with his tail and a fish came flying out! Image The fish-eagle flew up and crabbed the fish and both of them flew away. :lol:

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Re: Eagle, African Fish

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:11 pm

The Nsemani dam eagles:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:21 pm

I wondered if anyone can confirm (or not . . . !) that these are juv White-headed Vultures? Seen at Shibotwana on the S100 last year.


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Sorry, the pic is lousy, I thought it would come out a bit more clearly than this. But with all the experts we have maybe someone can still tell?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Moegaai » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:48 pm

salamanda wrote:I wondered if anyone can confirm (or not . . . !) that these are juv White-headed Vultures? Seen at Shibotwana on the S100 last year.


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Sorry, the pic is lousy, I thought it would come out a bit more clearly than this. But with all the experts we have maybe someone can still tell?

Eish, Salamanda, and you complain that Imax and I use bad pics for the challenge!!! :twisted:

It's really difficult to call, but I'm wondering if it's not possibly African Fish-Eagle. The one on the left seems to be typical juv plumage, where the one on the right is looking like sub-ad plumage.

Let's see what the others say...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:09 pm

Moegaai wrote:Eish, Salamanda, and you complain that Imax and I use bad pics for the challenge!!! :twisted:

It's really difficult to call, but I'm wondering if it's not possibly African Fish-Eagle. The one on the left seems to be typical juv plumage, where the one on the right is looking like sub-ad plumage.

Let's see what the others say...


Heh heh. I should have offered it to you guys . . . :slap:

I was unfortunately rather far away.

Thanks Moeggai. I did think of Fish Eagle. (At full res, you can see that the upper mandible is very thick,down-curving and rather truncated which is why I wondered about the vulture.)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:26 pm

As for salamanda's pic, I would agree the bird on the right does look like a lot like an Imm. or Juv Fish Eagle.
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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby Siobain » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:24 pm

H4-2 south of Lower Sabie

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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:18 pm

Not the best quality, but still the best bird. :wink:

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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby Timepilot » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:45 am

In all my years of snapping these magnificent birds, for the first time I managed to get one in "full call" :dance:

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