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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:34 pm

Thanks BB and RJ. We were just wondering how badly that eye would affect his ability to hunt and care for himself? It was definatley blind in that eye as we watched him for quite some time and the eye never "opened"
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:46 pm

Pleasure :thumbs_up: It definately would affect him/her to some degree. Bateleurs also do a fair amount of scavanging, so im pretty sure the bird will still do well in the wild and be able to hunt. I also doubt it has many predators to worry about, but perhaps the not so attractive eye might give him less chance with the girls in a few years time :twisted: :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:02 pm

:funny: Thanks RJ
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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby jacliz » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:57 am

Saw this beautiful juv. Bateleur on the Shingwedzi loop, Sept. '08. He was sharing an impala with another eagle which I need help to identify so will post that in the appropriate place - in the morning!

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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:43 pm

Hi Noel,
great sighting and very nice pics :thumbs_up: I´ve never seen a bateleur and a tawny together and I never heard they are hunting termites.
Amazing that they obviously accepted each others presence.
Where did you see them?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jurgen » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:25 pm

Bas

:D 2000 pics, thats a decent session!
I'm glad I can help you out, we are all in the learning curve. Do you have a field guide?
ok so here's what I think of your latest bunch

#5. Immature Bateleur ( I'll need someone to confirm this one,I'm pretty sure as it has the posture size and typical head shape, do you maybe have a higher resolution pic?)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:41 am

Agree with you on all of them Jurgen :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby basde_vos » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:06 am

Thanks guys,

No, don't have a field guide. One of those things you don't realize you're going to need while on holiday in SA. Looking back it would have been good to get one. Now I'm back in the Netherlands and fixing my photobook. Next safari will definitely include a field guide :lol:

As soon as I approach the Golden Gate/Addo part of my trip (working the pics) I'll probably have some more questions!

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Re: Bateleur

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:49 pm

Saw this bateleur near Skukuza this March, my best pic of this beautiful bird so far..
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And that was what he wanted to check out. But after a short examination he decided it´s not eatable and left the scene. I have no idea what it is but it looks like part of a bone :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:38 am

This was seen near Dukes waterhole on 29/09/09
Is it an immature Bateleur? If not what is it?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:00 am

Looking through my books, I think its a sub adult bateleur. The juveniles havent developed the yellow/orange beak like the one in your pic has. If it is a bateleur, its interesting that the birds only attain adult plumage at 7-8 years of age.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:08 am

Thanks iNkwazi We also went through all our books and it seems a Bateleur is the only one that gets that reddish beak, but none of my books showed a Bateleur in this stage of it's plumage
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:11 am

Pjw, I'm no expert, but its the closest I could find. Let's see what the other 'mites think too. :hmz:
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby darth bangkok » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:33 am

Hi, as someone who is terrible at id'ing raptors, I have a few questions hopefully someone can help me with.

These next two were seen on H2-2 on 31 Aug. There were several and seemed to be feeding on a carcas. At one point one flew into a tree with what seemed an intestine or something. Are they tawny eagles maybe?

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This one was seen on S1 on 1 Sept, I think it may also be a tawny eagle:

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JOL » Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:13 am

Pjw wrote:This was seen near Dukes waterhole on 29/09/09
Is it an immature Bateleur? If not what is it?
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Pat

Hi Pat ,

As you and iNkwazi figured out , the bird on your photo is an immature bateleur.


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