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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:44 am 
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Hi everybody. Happy New Year to you all. Hope 2010 is a great one for all the mites and their families. :thumbs_up:

My SO and I were in Kruger in December and we have a few birds that we need help identifying:

The next one we are hoping is quite special. After hours of poring over the books, we can only conclude it as a Sooty Falcon. The legs in the pic are a bit orange, but through the binocs, the cere and legs were clearly yellow. The rest of the bird was uniformly grey. Spotted near Timbavati picnic spot next to the river.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:19 am 
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Hi Bushaddict

The Falcon has me turning all different shades of green. It does look like Sooty, but if you have other pics, it would be good to see, as the wings should extend quite a bit beyond the tail at rest.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:42 am 
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Hey Niall,

Thanks very much for your help. :thumbs_up:

I do have more pics of the falcon and I will post some more of them when I get home tonight. We took quite a few when we realised that we might have something special on our hands :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Niall (and everybody),

As promised, here are the other pictures of the falcon. I'm not sure that any of them will show you any more detail, but it's worth a shot. Thanks again for looking at them.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Once I get hold of some references, hopefully I'll be able to ID this Sooty Falcon/Dickinsons Kestrel :D Either way its a great sighting, especially for that area of the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Bushaddict,

Having checked several references, finally found a pic of a Sooty Falcon which compares with the head colouration seen in your pics. I agree with Niall and am very jealous. Stunning bird.

Anyone know how often they are seen in Kruger?

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Certainly looks like a Sooty Falcon to me - the head's too dark to be a Dikinson's Kestrel and the long wings are also characteristic of Sooty Falcon...... well done :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks to everybody for your input and comments. It was a great sighting for my SO and I. We had just left the Timbavati picnic spot and were driving back to Orpen along the river when my SO spotted this little beauty sitting in a tree next to the river. It was quite far away (these pics were taken with a 500mm lens at full zoom and then cropped further to post here), so it was a great spotting by the SO.

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Snooty Falcons: The question is more likely how often are they seen in Southern Africa!! Well done!


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Snooty says it all: snobbish, aloof, exclusive, haughty... generally not seen with the run-of-the-mill BoPs...

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 Post subject: Falcon, Sooty
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon, Sooty
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It looks like a whole new world opened up for him... Perfect pic.


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon, Sooty
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It looks exactly as you say. :lol:
Thanks Farzaana! :D

Here is another photo of the same bird.

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