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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:32 pm

Hi Elsa

Little Sparrowhawk would have a yellow cere, this is an African Goshawk.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:51 pm

Thanks so much Matt, the yellow cere was one of the things that was confusing me!
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Re: Goshawk, African

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:16 am

Although considered to be a common African Accipiter, the African goshawk, Accipiter tachiro, has eluded my photo album for many years. Often spotted in forests and woodlands, it invariably took off before I could get it in the view finder. In contrast this juvenile was unflappable! It remained perched on a branch overhanging a 4x4 track in Ndumo Game Reserve while I manoeuvred my Landie to get the best angles allowed by the restrictive terrain.

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Plumage variation in juvenile birds can cause some frantic searching of identification resources because the pattern of spotting on front and back is quite variable and much different from the adult form. The median throat stripe and white eyebrow of a juvenile African goshawk should put the observer on the right track though.

The rear view of this accommodating bird shows the broad dark tail bars without any white spots that is a typical feature of this species.

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This goshawk feeds mainly on small birds (66%, up to the size of Grey go-away-bird) and mammals (30%, bats, rodents and squirrels). Reptiles, amphibians and insects make up the rest of this goshawk’s diet. The tenacious, short-winged goshawk hunts from a perch from which their prey is pursued with aerobatic flair and caught after a short dash. The large eye of this goshawk is a clue that it hunts in low-light conditions in dense forests and woodlands.

The African Goshawk is a monogamous bird that mates for life. Interestingly females are generally much larger than males, sometimes weighing twice as much. Their plumage patterns are markedly different also. This level of sexual dimorphism in size and colouration is rarely reached in any other genus Falconiformes.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wingman » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:50 am

Hi Im seeking some clarity on these both only the one view Im afraid seen between Lower Sabie and Skukuza along the river road on 07th July 2014

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:00 am

Hi Wingman

Both are African Goshawks.

First one is an adult (Note the grey cere which separates itself from the smaller Little Sparrowhawk) and second one a juvenile (look at the black stripe on the throat which is a great ID feature.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:10 am

Great photos btw :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wingman » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:30 am

Thanks DD that's what I thought, but the juvi was much larger than the adult which confused me and they were only a couple of hundred meters apart.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:41 am

Juveniles tend to be bigger than adults due to them eating like pigs... :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:39 pm

I know this is an awful pic but unfortunately the best we have as it flew off as the camera focused or not on it! :wink:

Would you say this is a African Hawk-eagle or could it possibly be an Ayers Hawk Eagle?

Seen in Feb in the south of Kruger.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:29 am

Hi Elsa,

This is a rather tough one. I am not sure that it is a Hawk-Eagle at all. It looks more like an immature African Goshawk to me.

Where exactly in the south did you see it?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02 am

I agree with WTM on the African Goshawk.

Any chance this was seen around Lake Panic or Skuks? I found two juvenile African Goshawks at Lake Panic in Feb.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:10 pm

Thanks guys, brilliant! :thumbs_up:
and yes if I remember correctly it very well could have been around Lake Panic.
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Re: Goshawk, African

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