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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:30 pm

Sorry about the wrong ID above :lol:

Tawny in KTP

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:51 pm

What amazing photos Jan. :clap: :clap: :clap:

When I saw the thread, I thought "Oh yes, I have a nice Tawny photo, I'll post it!!"
That is until I saw your photos!!! I'm not going to follow that!! :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Tilandi » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:16 pm

Kgalagadi during June 2012

Is this a Tawny Eagle?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:26 pm

yes :thumbs_up:

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:47 pm

Images from our December 2011 trip to KTP...


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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:15 pm

More lovely photos Jan. :clap:

This one was seen in October on the H14..........we watched it stealing a Bataleur's lunch!! :naughty:

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:53 pm

Tx for the comment

Wonderful sighting and image :clap: ....hope you also got a image of him steeling the lunch :)

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby granjan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:56 pm

I was quite surprised when I reviewed this pic taken in April to see that this eagle was blind in the right eye.
Despite this, it appears to have a full crop!

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:08 pm

Great image and rare sighting with the eye......may be had a fight with a Bateleur...

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby WackoRhino » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:33 am

Dear experts,

I have posted my trip report about KTP http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=64645
and there is still one raptor that has no ID

Thanks for helpin' :D

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:17 pm

I will go for Pale form Tawny Eagle...

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:13 pm

A couple Eagles from June 2011. Fighting over food in the fields near the Tihongonyeni waterhole (Mopani area).

First one I think is Tawny Eagle, but quite a few look very similar. What should one look for positive ID ?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:15 pm

For the second one (the victim of the food robbery) I have little idea. Guess an Juvenile Eagle of some sort. Also Tawny???

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Again many thanks in advance for any help, Michael

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:42 pm

Hi Michael

I would first like to say that both are Tawny Eagles and I think you are correct in saying the latter is a juvenile.

Brown Eagles can sometimes be very difficult to ID as you get numerous ones that can be in the same habitat.

One thing I have learnt over the years, is that by way of elimination, one can get to a possitive ID much easier than paging through the hordes of Brown Raptors in your field guide.

What I would do here is the following. You look at what eagles can be confused with a Tawny and you will see Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Wahlberg's Eagle. The quickest way to eliminate all three, are by looking at which birds are migrants. All three are summer migrants, and in June, the only real brown Eagle to occupy Kruger will be a Tawny.

This is not to say this is the best way to ID, but it makes it easier.. Same can be done with Habitat, range etc.


There are a multitude of ID feautures but I thought I would share the above tip as it really helped me a lot.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:12 pm

DotDan wrote:There are a multitude of ID feautures but I thought I would share the above tip as it really helped me a lot.

Thanks DD for confirmation. And will surely keep the tip in mind, although I guess need to see more birds out there to be confident in ID-ing.

/M


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