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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:33 pm 
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I really haven't a clue what this one is, my best guess would be melanistic black sparrowhawk? I saw it on 22 April 2012 while stopped for roadworks in the Magoebaskloof area and it was quite far away, so the pix are heavily cropped.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Long-crested Eagle with that white windows...


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:
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Long-crested Eagle with that white windows...

WoW, really ?!? :dance: Because that would be a new tick for me. And I was wondering about those windows, but my Newman's only shows views from below for most raptors :(

Thanks, Lizet! :gflower:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:
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Long-crested Eagle with that white windows...

WoW, really ?!? :dance: Because that would be a new tick for me. And I was wondering about those windows, but my Newman's only shows views from below for most raptors :(

Thanks, Lizet! :gflower:


:thumbs_up: I will post you a flight shot this afternoon to show you the windows. You have to get you more than one reference though... there is a few nice Raptor field guides available...


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Long-crested Eagle showing the white windows on the upper wing coverts very nicely, this one was also taken in the Magoebas area. They love perching on the telephone poles which makes it difficult photographing them on a natural perch.. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:
:thumbs_up: I will post you a flight shot this afternoon to show you the windows. You have to get you more than one reference though... there is a few nice Raptor field guides available...

:thumbs_up: Thanks for the great illustration and the additional info, Lizet! I also googled a bit to find some examples of those windows :wink:

I know that I should have more field guides, but as I live in the USA (where I don't do any birding :redface: — except for what visits my urban back porch), I only spend time with RSA birds a few months each year (and it used to be far less, but now that I'm mostly retired .... :dance: ). The only book that travels with me back and forth each trip is my (one, very heavy) bird guide.

However, if you might perhaps recommend a (few) raptor guide(s) ....


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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You should really start birding the USA, they have lots of nice birds! I would love to see a Hummingbird one day...so if I can recommend a nice Raptor book which you can use even at your home it will be "Raptors of the world" a soft cover field guide, by James Ferguson-Lees and David Christie, it's the same size as the Newman's.
ISBN:978-0-7136-6957-2

But nothing agains Newman's guide but if you want everything in one, the Sasol Birds of SA's illustrations are a bit more complete with pics of the male, female, young, from the top, from the bottom etc...when going on a trip I take only this one...

Birds of Prey by Allan Kemp as well as the Raptors of SA by Ulrich Oberprieler and Burger Cilliè are very nice Photographic guides..


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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:gflower: Thanks for the suggestions, Lizet, I'll have a look on my next visit (I'm hoping for KTP in November :pray: ).

I, too, would love to see a hummingbird! I do always look out for birds locally (we have redtailed hawks along the Charles River) and I get some quite nice birds in my back yard (and on my 3rd floor porch in winter, when I feed them :wink: ). I get a lovely pair of downy woodpeckers in the winter and an occassional nuthatch. The red cardinals now stay year round and are very vocal just now. And one spring I came home from an RSA trip to find robins nesting atop a light fixture on my porch, where they raised four chicks! :dance:

Not too bad for back porch birding, hey?!? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle, long-crested
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 Post subject: Re: Eagle, long-crested
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Long-crested eagle at Colbyn Valley, Pretoria, 6:30 this morning! Just perching in a tree next to the road. Very nice Friday morning sighting on the way to work :D

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle, long-crested
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 Post subject: Re: Eagle, long-crested
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Seen 2 weekends ago in the Modderfontein Reserve.

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