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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:50 am

Confusing one indeed Johannes.

I am trying to decide between Juvenile Little Sparrowhawk and Juvenile Shikra.

I don't have a field guide with me, if nobody else comments on this little fellow, I will check tonight when I get home.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:22 pm

It looks like a steppe buzzard to me.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:55 pm

I agree, Steppe Buzzard :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:56 pm

That crossed my mind Adrian, but this raptor looks very small to me. Maybe it is the way to image was cropped that gives it that appearance.

Johannes, seeing as you had the sighting, would you say this was a big bird? Also when did you see it?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Really? Steppe?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:19 pm

Ja.. ok, Steppe seems good.

(I am thinking way too technical lately... I blame all the rarities)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:23 am

Daan, I think you need to get out in the field again, boet. :|
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:28 am

You have got that right. Hopefully this weekend I can brush up on my ID skills again.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby granjan » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:05 pm

Seen near Pretoriuscop at the end of October, I think this is a juvenile dark chanting goshawk but the eye is dark and the cere and legs are definitely yellow. :wall: :wall:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:19 am

Steppe Buzzard for me granjan.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:44 am

exactly what I was thought... but don't dared to write :lol: :redface:

nice bird, nice picture :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby granjan » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:25 pm

Thanks yet again, WTM and Anne Marie! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:03 am

Saw this one on top of the mountains near Magoebas Kloof yesterday.

I'm leaning towards Steppe Buzzard - hoping for Forest Buzzard - but then it may be something completely different as well!

What is your verdict - and why? (so we can learn too!)

It was VERY far away and a lot of heat interference - so the image is not the quality I would like, but should suffice for ID.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MattAxel » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:02 pm

Hi Johannes, this is definitely a Steppe Buzzard. One of the main features used to distinguish between Steppe and Forest is shown very well in this picture, and that is the markings on the flanks. Steppe Buzzard has barred flanks (as shown here), whereas Forest Buzzard has more blotched flanks.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:05 pm

Spot on, and to add to Matt's reply, the pale band is also clearly visible across the breast.
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