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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:46 pm 
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Jon, thank you for your comprehensive and well-thought-through response, to both raptors. Aside from the learning experience you (and others have provided), let's just relegate my one to the unidentified folder, and move on to the next challenge and learning experience. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Scottm wrote:
Jon, thank you for your comprehensive and well-thought-through response, to both raptors. Aside from the learning experience you (and others have provided), let's just relegate my one to the unidentified folder, and move on to the next challenge and learning experience. :thumbs_up:


Hi Scott ,

My pleasure , I’m learning from this as well! In my opinion there is no need to “relegate” it to the “unidentified folder” though. Unless someone makes a really convincing case for another species , I think you can safely call this one an immature martial eagle - everything fits.
By the way , is it a dead bird on the branch in front of the eagle?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Also noticed the bird......... :D Thought it was a cormorant! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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JOL wrote:
First one’s first...

Totally agree. Imm. Martial Eagle.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Jol... Never noticed the bird in front before - Thanks for pointing it out.

Rusty, you must be tired of travelling to Rhodes every day. As a Rhodes Alumni, :thumbs_up: I trust you will enjoy your stay there. I can't help with the featherd birds from the area, as the only birds I was interested in when I was there were those studying with me. :lol:

To get some finality on this particular bird if possible, I will post a few other cropped head shots, but they are unfortunately all distorted by the grasses in front.

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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More from me (as filmed in KNP)

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martial?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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ice - I agree, Martial


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Rusty Justy wrote:
Agreed :thumbs_up:


looks like I'm getting better at it - good teachers that I have :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of Kruger Birds
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Marshall Eagle - a beauty of a bird!

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 Post subject: Please help a new birder
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On our trip to the KNP in May09 we saw very few raptors other than Bateleurs, vultures and what we thought was a Brown Snake Eagle.
We saw this one in the pic flying at a distance and we thought it could be an Osprey but as it got closer we felt that it could be a juvenile Marshall Eagle.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help a new birder
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I'd agree with that ID, juvenile Martial Eagle.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help a new birder
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Yes I agree with juv. Martial - very big bird,white chest and dark flight feathers. Osprey is smaller, doesn't have the black flight feathers...


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 Post subject: Re: Please help a new birder
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There are some 'old' birders on this forum who love to develop the interest. Many non birders have seen the light because of the forum and its helpful people.

Nice photo btw.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks for the confirmation :)


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