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Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:44 pm

thank you very much :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:40 pm

I saw this couple on the S39 in KNP 3 weeks ago. They were a good distance away and I hope the pics are good enough for an identification.
My first guess (and hope) was Ayres's Hawk-Eagle, now I think it could also be African Hawk-Eagle :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Niall » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:01 pm

African Hawk Eagles. Pairs are often seen sitting together.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:22 pm

sorry, I'm going to try to unlock this thread,
which one is one of the best for me :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:27 pm

Agree with AHE :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:21 pm

Thank you Niall and Rusty Justy :thumbs_up:
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Re: Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

Unread postby adw » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:37 pm

I saw this Hawk-Eagle on the new section of the S36 (just south of the Nwaswisontso River). The mate was also in the tree.
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Re: Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:49 pm

I am seeing more & more AHEs when I go to Kruger. A great looking bird.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Eugene123 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:42 am

I saw this bird in Kgalagadi and would like confirmation of my ID please:
African Hawk -Eagle.

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The reasons I have for doubt is that distribution maps do not show it occuring in KTP and SABAP2 only has one record, albeit in the same vicinity that I saw it.

My reasons for saying African Hawk-Eagle are:
Leggings unmarked,
Underwing coverts spotted
Flight feathers white with black trailing edge
White windows visible on upper wing near tip

The next photos were actually taken before the first bird, at more or less the same spot and it looks like it could be the same bird, however other features confuse me:

The white on the upper wings seems more than the described "windows near the wingtips"
The rufous wash on the legs. I still think it is the same AHE

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby francoisd » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:59 am

Eugene123 I tend to agree with your African Hawk-eagle ID. As to the rufous wash on the legs, I can pick it up in the first set of photos as well and it might indicate that the bird might not have full adult plumage as the young birds has pale rufous coloration below.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:54 pm

Eugene,
I agree with your ID. This is an adult AHE. The juv birds don't have the broad trailing edges and all the features you mentioned are spot on! The rufous leggings could just be part of the juv. phase he's grown out of? Very nice sighting for the Kgalagadi, birds can fly....

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby TG » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:24 pm

The rufous wash to the underside of the adult African Hawk-Eagle posted by Eugene123 could also be the result of iron oxide staining, similar to the rufous underside of the Bearded Vulture.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Eugene123 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:23 pm

Thanks Francois, Lizet, TG!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:27 pm

Please help with ID? Taken in the south of KNP.

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