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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:04 pm 
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Thank you very much Johann & Jumbo :clap:
Being a very beginner bird spotter (cannot call it "birder" yet !), I was beginning to doubt my ID :)


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 Post subject: Long-crested
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:46 pm 
Nice one, p@m!

Would just like to add to WTM's comments regarding the Schoemanskloof road, for those wishing to add this bird to their list. They are very common there. :D

(This is the left-turn TAR option as you are coming down the N4 from Gauteng, just 1 km after the Machado toll gate.)


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If you are heading to Malelane or Croc Bridge gates watch on the N4 after Malelane. There is often one sitting on the wires along the south side of the road.

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On my way to work. Between WhiteRiver and Nelspruit.
There is a breading pair somewhere along the road but their habitat are disappearing quickly with all the new developments in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle, long-crested
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The closest to the Park I've seen one was this male, shot in Hazyview during July.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:27 pm 
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If RJ has forgiven me for not pm'ing that I would be in GHT :pray: ..... Same bird, two angles... Settler's Monument Grahamstown on Tuesday 27 April 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I would say Jackal Buzzard Cherries! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Cherries,

Pic 1 - Jackal Buzzard
Pic 2 - Longcrested Eagle - I've edited the exposure a bit to get a better idea of colour. The white feathered legs, white windows in the primaries and underwing pattern are some of the features to go on.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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:doh: Completely mistook it for both pics being the same bird! Thanks for pointing it out Lizet! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks Lizet and PL but to throw a spanner in the works it was seriously the same bird. There was only one in the sky. Just downloaded SO's photos but he only had a 300mm on his camera and they are worse than mine.

I would love two new ticks but I can only guess that the sun shone through the tail at an angle to make it look like a Jackal Buzzard when it was soaring higher of course.. never closer!

Would the Long-Crested Eagle be found as far south as Grahamstown?

Thanks for your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 10:28 am 
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Hi Cherries,

I also agree with Lizet and PL on these two. It's quite suprising how such large birds appear and disapear out of a clear blue sky. It's happened to me on several occasions.

The first bird has a completely different wing and tail pattern to the second one and if you look closely you can also see that the LCE is in moult, whereas the Jackal Buzzard is not. Think you can safely tick these two off. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Cherries,

No sorry it's two different birds.
I include your #1 pic, a bit lighter where you can see the rufous chest and mottled belly. The only thing you notice of the legs is the yellow feet where as the white legs of the LCE is very obvious.

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I think Grahamstown can be on their most Southern Border of distibution, yes it's possibe to see them there.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Barcud wrote:
Hi Cherries,

I also agree with Lizet and PL on these two. It's quite suprising how such large birds appear and disapear out of a clear blue sky. It's happened to me on several occasions.

Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:
Cherries,

No sorry it's two different birds.
I think Grahamstown can be on their most Southern Border of distibution, yes it's possibe to see them there.


Thank you Barcud and Lizet for having patience with me. I checked the time on each photo and it was a full minute from seeing the LCE to the Jackal Buzzard. I had obviously presumed it was the same raptor. Another huge learning curve!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:57 am 
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I agree with all the above ID's.....as for Cherries, well done on the two new raptors....The Jackal Buzzard is very common around this area....The Long crested Eagle I have only seen in Grahamstown once....Although I have seen it in Salem and one or two other spots further South.....So maybe there is a possible expansion of the species. :D I still dont forgive you by the way! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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.... and I wouldn't have made such a stupid mistake if I had taken an expert birder along! :slap: :doh:

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Peregrines???? Now the man tells me! :huh: No but I did see Cape Sugarbird. 7 new ticks in total. :dance:

Really want to see that Jackal Buzzard for longer. The white wing panels looked translucent in the sunlight. Beautiful bird.

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