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Unread postby LadyRaven » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:45 pm

I'd appreciate some other peoples' opinions on who this may be... Caught doing a lovely dance with a snake for me. :wink:

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Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:38 am

Altho you don't tell us where and when you saw the eagle, and I can't see the bird's eyes in either photo, my guess would be a juvenile blackbreasted snake eagle.
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Unread postby RosemaryH » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:09 am

I am no expert when it comes to these beauties and Arks may be 100% correct but I would go for immature Jackal Buzzard. There is something about the beak/cere that makes me think its a JB. No doubt one of the big birders on this forum can positively id this one.
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Unread postby LadyRaven » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:35 am

Hmmm... It was taken in 2006 as far as I remember.. As far as when it was, all I can say is that it was either Skukuza area or Pretoriuskop area.. Unfortunately, I never used to write down where my sightings were.. :(

I'm not sure that either choice is correct though, as I've seen both of those up close and personal... :|

This seems to be a hard one to decide on.

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Unread postby LadyRaven » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:08 pm

Thanks. :)

I'm not so sure that he was a juvenile.. Purely because of his size... I was parked about 200 or even 300m away from him, so as not to frighten him (the joy of large lenses!).

My first thoughts were that he was a Tawny Eagle (since they do look a bit different as individuals)... Then when I looked through my photographic guide to birds, I thought he might be the Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Though the Buzzard idea could be right... When I look through this book, he could have been a Steppe Buzzard. In fact.. I'm starting to think that's what he probably is! :?

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Unread postby RosemaryH » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:20 pm

Hey, I think you right. Looks pretty much like it could just be a Steppe Buzzard.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:45 pm

I would agree with the Steppe Buzzard.

Do not let size confuse you too much when looking at juvenile / adult. Some juveniles can be almost the size of adults. They grow very fast.
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:50 am

I agree with a Steppe Buzzard,
the wing patterns as well as those on the stomach match the ones on a Steppe Buzzard :wink:
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Unread postby wingman » Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Hi saw this one when entering at Numbi Im not sure any suggestionsImage

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Unread postby arks » Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:43 pm

Steppe buzzard (which is, I believe, a summer visitor, so can you tell us please what time of year you saw it?)?
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:10 pm

Agree with Arks,
1st: Steppe Buzzard
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Unread postby Bahamut » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:53 pm

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:12 am

I have many, many brown ones and this is the first of them. Seen on the Schoemanskloof Road between Machadodorp and Nelspruit on the 6th January. I think it might be a Forest Buzzard.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:50 pm

And some more seen on the road between Malelane Gate and Afsaal....sorry but these brown ones really gets me confused...Im not sure as it could be Steppe, Lesser Spotted, Wahlbergs Eagle etc....they all look the same to me :( :shock:

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And this is only from the first day :shock: :redface:

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Unread postby stefans » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:48 pm

2 Mystery birds from my December 08 holiday:

Wish photos were better quality, but these are all I have

First two photo's taken at Mkuze in what I would describe mixed Acacia forest and grass savannah. The bird appears to be a Steppe/Forest Buzzard (I have yet to tell the diff with confidence), but somehow its proportions seemed to be wrong. At the time the head appeared to be too small for the body. The bird sat on the branch for a long time appearing to be scanning the ground. Not much to go on, but I would like to hear any suggestions. (Honey Buzzard???!)

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