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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:13 am

Hello Maxwell and Richprins,
I saw this bird last week, around Mopani.
I uploaded a larger photo of this raptor and also zoomed in on his beak and feet:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Maxwell » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:52 am

Thanks for those Michael. the latest shots really do blow Tawny Eagle out of the water for me.
I can see nothing that dissuades me from African Hawk Eagle other than the beak is still on the small size even for that.
I could, just could, be open to persuasion that it is nothing more than a Common Buzzard.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:30 pm

It would be great if it really was a African Hawk Eagle!
When you say Common Buzzard, do you mean Steppe Buzzard? Because my book says they do not occur in Southern Africa at all from May to September.
So probably is a Hawk Eagle :D :D

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Maxwell » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:53 pm

Probably is a Hawk-Eagle.
I am not a great fan of Splitting and the varieties of "Common" Brown Buzzards leave me cold.
Mountain/Forest - Common & Steppe. All the same really. Even the experts disagree so until they make their minds up I shall join the Buzzards on the fence. :tongue:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby lettuceleaf711 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:18 pm

i agree - african hawk-eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:28 pm

Maxwell wrote:Probably is a Hawk-Eagle.
I am not a great fan of Splitting and the varieties of "Common" Brown Buzzards leave me cold.
Mountain/Forest - Common & Steppe. All the same really. Even the experts disagree so until they make their minds up I shall join the Buzzards on the fence. :tongue:


Thanks for your help!

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Re: Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

Unread postby gwendolen » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:02 pm

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African Hawk-eagle (Aquila spilogaster) by gwendolen, on Flickr

Seen en route from Bateleur Bush Camp to Rooibosrand.

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Unread postby DavenJan » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:04 am

Hi, Please help with this one seen in the Satara area over New Year. Thanks

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Niall » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:09 am

DJ, I reckon this is an immature African Hawk Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:11 pm

This bird was rather far away so I had to crop it for ID, not very clear I'm afraid. Could it be a juv Martial Eagle? Seen on the Crocodile River Road, mid-June.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:06 am

Salamanda, I'm going to pass on your bird. The raptor seems to have bare legs, which will rule out the true eagles (including Martial). But I think it is going to turn out to be a juvenile or sub-adult of some kind, as I can't find a adult raptor that fits all characteristics that I can see... :lol: My best bet would be sub-adults black-chested snake eagle, but the apparently dark eye throws me off ... let's see what the experts come up with :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:14 am

Dabchick wrote:Salamanda, I'm going to pass on your two birds. I'm not good with flycatchers, and the raptor seems to have bare legs, which will rule out the true eagles (including Martial). But I think it is going to turn out to be a juvenile or sub-adult of some kind, as I can't find a adult raptor that fits all characteristics that I can see... :lol: My best bet would be sub-adults black-chested snake eagle, but the apparently dark eye throws me off ... let's see what the experts come up with :D



Thanks Dabchick.

Here below is a further crop, hope this will help someone with the raptor. Please also see the flycatcher above! Thanks.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:10 am

Okay, definitely not BCSE :hmz:

Now it seems to me that there are some white feathers on the lower legs (not bare legs as I thought before), just very thin/tight covering of white feathers....

I now think it is an immature African hawk eagle, starting to get adult colours, as evidenced from the white rather than buffish "pants"

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:58 am

Dabchick wrote:Okay, definitely not BCSE :hmz:

Now it seems to me that there are some white feathers on the lower legs (not bare legs as I thought before), just very thin/tight covering of white feathers....

I now think it is an immature African hawk eagle, starting to get adult colours, as evidenced from the white rather than buffish "pants"


Yes, I did wonder if it might be that, my Raptor Guide shows white feathers very tight to the leg and it does have that flattish head . . . . Thanks Dabchick. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:43 am

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