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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:18 am

GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..

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Ex-Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:01 pm

DotDan wrote:GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..


If I had to make a call (having no idea of size and Giss in flight), I would consider juvenile fish eagle?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:12 pm

You think Adrian? :hmz:


Could be, Immature Fish-Eagles do have a tail band..

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:42 pm

adrianp wrote:
DotDan wrote:GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..


If I had to make a call (having no idea of size and Giss in flight), I would consider juvenile fish eagle?


This is an unedited photo of the same bird.
It was made at full 400mm zoom and still shows a pretty large bird. I had a look at the Fish-eagle too and notice 2 things - our bird had a very bulky bill for a buzzard and have a look at the white windows on the wings in this photo. I guess it could be?

But anyway, no new tick so not the end of the world if it's unsure which one it was. :lol:

Thanks for trying anyway!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:52 pm

GP, that photo shows the Giss of a Immature Fish-Eagle perfectly.. The molted underparts, broad wings, bulky head.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:15 pm

:thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:50 am

I thought there was something fishy with the initial ID :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:52 am

:lol: Thanks adrianp.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:55 am

:lol: @ Adrian

Ja hell, I really misjudged that Fishy bird ..

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:09 am

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Re: Osprey

Unread postby bondm » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:38 pm

Hi All,

This photograph was taken from the S36 along the Bume river bed in early December last year. I didn't know the ID of the bird at the time and it was only when I got home and went through my images that I thought it might be an Osprey.
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Could you confirm this or tell what it is. Sorry for the poor quality as it was mid-morning and hot and sunny. It was also at quite a distance and I had to enlarge it quite a bit.

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Re: Osprey

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:41 pm

Sorry bondm, it's a juvenile fish eagle.

Looks like it has been fishing......
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Re: Osprey

Unread postby bondm » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:09 pm

Thanks for your ID Bush Baptist. I will say it did look like it was going through a moult and appeared a bit scruffy. I didn't see it catch the fish, but hopefully it did catch it by itself and is on the way to adulthood.

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Re: Osprey

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:30 pm

It doesn't look far from its adult plumage, and I am sure it caught it itself.

A few years ago I saw one younger than this one in a muddy pond and it grabbed a catfish and took it to the shore. I think the parents teach them very young.
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