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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:50 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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It looks like a steppe buzzard to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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I agree, Steppe Buzzard :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Really? Steppe?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Ja.. ok, Steppe seems good.

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


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

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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You have got that right. Hopefully this weekend I can brush up on my ID skills again.


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

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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exactly what I was thought... but don't dared to write :lol: :redface:

nice bird, nice picture :dance:

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


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Spot on, and to add to Matt's reply, the pale band is also clearly visible across the breast.

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