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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby maudoc » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:27 pm

Thank you! :mrgreen:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Ferdelance » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:01 pm

Good Evening everyone.

It is my turn to be baffled! I saw this raptor in Wartburg, (+-30km East of Pietermaritzburg), last Sunday the 14th. I thought it was odd to see Martial Eagle there but not uncommon! Now that I am looking at the images though I am not so sure any more. It looks a little small and the underwing patterns don't match? Maybe Juv Black chested Snake Eagle? Any suggestions.....

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Roan » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:12 pm

Hi F.
Juvenile BBSE has a bit more barring on the underwing pattern if I am correct. It actually looks more like a sub-adult Martial eagle. . :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Mutorashanga » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:03 am

I have only ever seen one of these, and that was a few years ago.
The ME takes 5-7 years to reach maturity, so there would be a transition between the white underwings of the juvenile to the dark underwings of the adult, as is apparent on the individual in Ferdelance's photo. The ME underparts remain black and white in various proportions depending upon the age of the bird. The flight feathers remain dark at all times. Have a look at this link that I found while looking at images on the web; the individual is very similar to your photo, http://simonthomsett.wildlifedirect.org ... o_pair.jpg (I hope that I am allowed to do this).
With the BCSE the juvenile is brown, thereafter the plumage changes to black and white. The flight feathers meanwhile become lighter and finally white with black barring on the secondaries, and inner primaries. While looking at other pictures on the web the white underwings seem to develop quite early while the body plumage takes some time to change to the adult colouration.
I think that the bird is a ME.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Ferdelance » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:38 pm

Thank you very much Roan and Mutorashanga! Doubt does crazy things to one's imagination..... :doh: :thumbs_up: I've never seen martial in that erea as there are no reserves within 30 km of there! Very nice!
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby normana53 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:00 pm

We were fortunate to have seen quite a few Martial Eagles on our recent trip to Kruger.
This fellow posed nicely for us.
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:12 am

... moved to African Hawk-Eagle ...
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

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... moved to African Hawk-Eagle ...
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:13 am

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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:13 am

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Albert » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:15 am

Saw this near Balule in September of this year:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79621078@N06/8112668217/

Any ideas (bear in mind that I am a complete novice)?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:06 pm

Hi Albert

I'd say its a juvenile Martial Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Ladybirder » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:05 pm

Yes, I also think its a Juv Martial Eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Albert » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:16 pm

Thanks,
I was not sure about this; thought it may be a juvenile Crowned Eagle. Difficult to decide on the coloration based on the illustrations in the Sasol book.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby davejenny » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:39 am

Definitely a Juvenile Martial Eagle.

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