Skip to Content

Eagle, African Fish

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5497
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

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.
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5497
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

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
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
wildheart
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 469
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:20 pm

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:

User avatar
shangri-la
Posts: 305
Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:52 pm
Location: England UK

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby shangri-la » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:15 pm

Image

Whooo !! fab photos Guys

Thanks for showing them
I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.

User avatar
Yolandé Oelsen
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 821
Joined: Mon May 19, 2008 11:17 pm
Location: Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp.SA

Re: Eagle, African Fish

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

The Nsemani dam eagles:
Image
www.whereeaglesrest.co.za
STIFFNECK
"I'll rise up like the Eagle & I will soar with You because Your Spirit leads me on ~ by the Power of Your Love"

User avatar
salamanda
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3053
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: KZN

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.


Image

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?
Last edited by salamanda on Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Moegaai
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 242
Joined: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:15 am
Location: Jozi, RSA

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.


Image

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...

User avatar
salamanda
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3053
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: KZN

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.)

User avatar
Elsa
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 13603
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

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.
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

Please add your vote in the Website Community Choice Award

JEG
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:43 pm

Kruger Park photos

Unread postby JEG » Thu May 28, 2009 8:13 pm

Image

User avatar
Siobain
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5215
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:38 pm
Location: Johannesburg

Re: Eagle, African Fish

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

H4-2 south of Lower Sabie

Image
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Sprocky
Posts: 2159
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:51 am

Re: Eagle, African Fish

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

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

Image

User avatar
Timepilot
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3757
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:02 am
Location: Perth, Western Australia

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:

Image
“ Every year elephants were becoming scarcer and wilder south of the Zambezi, so that it had become impossible to make a living by hunting at all. ” FC Selous 1881

User avatar
Guinea Pig
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1776
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Location: My business...

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:03 pm

Borakalalo National Park, Northwest Province.

Image

Image
On a quest to visit 9 new National Parks in October. :dance:

antje naja
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:24 pm
Location: Hamburg,Germany

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread postby antje naja » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:41 pm

Image
Image

seen at skukuza 2 weeks ago


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”