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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Just in case it helps with ID I am posting two awful cropped pics of the possible African Cuckoo-Hawk. Sorry I have nothing better, it simply refused to turn around and spent twenty minutes grooming instead . . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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And mine Danny?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Salamanda, those pics confirm that it is a Cuckoo Hawk :thumbs_up:

BB you are seriously going to make me something you saw 9 years ago? :lol:

Hell, I don't know BB, Lizard Buzzard doesn't have yellow eyes neither from juvenile stage to adulthood. Perhaps this is rather pointing towards Juvenile Gabar Goshawk?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks Danny.

Have the birds evolutionised THAT much in 9 years? :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Ok. Is this a Shikra? Sorry, again no frontals . . . .



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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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salamanda wrote:
Ok. Is this a Shikra? Sorry, again no frontals . . . .


"Frontals" are not always important, salamanda. The rear view of this bird shows enough: yellow legs and cere with a plain grey tail ending in a dark band... Your ID :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I am going through some of my old photos. Seen a few years ago in the central area.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Close to Tshokwane.

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Southern area.

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Is this a Gymogene?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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MM, the wet one is a lesser spotted eagle: the proportions are not classic eagle, reminding one more of a buzzard. The plain dark tail and primaries are about together, the shape of the nostril, gape in relation to the eye are all good clues.

Next comes a brown snake-eagle.

Another lesser spotted eagle (stove-pipe leggings is a key feature) is third.

And yes, on the gymnogene :thumbs_up: (African harrier-hawk, often found with forked-tail drongos for company, keeping a watch on the bird in case it gets up to mischief!)

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