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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:49 am

Just to add more to JoelR's reply.

The red cere and feet is the immediate give away. It either points to Amur (Red-Footed) Falcon or (Western) Red-Footed Falcon.

The streaked under parts are indicative of the female and juvenile of both species.

The dark crown of the bird in question rules out both the female and juvenile of the Red-Footed Falcon.

The barred belly rules out the juvenile Amur Falcon.

Female Amur Falcon it is. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Scottm » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:19 pm

Taken in Kruger, early evening drive in February. Large flock of probably 100+ birds. Some sort of Falcon or Hobby, but unidentified. Sorry pics so dark.

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Any ideas what they are, and how did you come to your conclusion?

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:47 pm

Those would be Female Amur Falcons Scott :D
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Unread postby JenB » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:55 pm

Scottm wrote:Any ideas what they are, and how did you come to your conclusion?


C'mon, RJ! Explain y'rself! :twisted:
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:08 pm

As for the Amurs....... :twisted: :lol:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JOL » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:21 am

Scottm wrote:Taken in Kruger, early evening drive in February. Large flock of probably 100+ birds. Some sort of Falcon or Hobby, but unidentified. Sorry pics so dark.

Any ideas what they are, and how did you come to your conclusion?

Scott

Hi Scott ,
Rusty Justy is right about amur falcon for these ones. As you had already figured out , it was some kind of falcon or hobby - the larger falcons never congregate in flocks as big as the one you saw. The bright red feet , tarsi and cere excludes hobby and african hobby (yellow) , and the hobby-like head-pattern and lack of buff colouration to the chest and belly rules out female/young red-footed falcon.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby jacliz » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:25 am

I'm stuck on this headless bird! Is it a falcon of some sort? Seen at Malonjeni (near Suikerbosrand). Terrible picture :cry:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JoelR » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:22 am

DId you take this photo during the summer season? It looks spot on for a (headless) female Amur Falcon to me. All physical characteristics are right and the Suikerbosrand area is also a very reliable spot to see these summer migrants.

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Unread postby jacliz » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:07 pm

Sorry, forgot to mention it. It was January so you're probably right. Thanks so much. So glad it wasn't something I hadn't seen before - would have been annoying not to have a head on it!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:14 pm

Taken on the H 10 over the cricket weekend.

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Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:30 pm

:hmz: I try... Armur Falcon :whistle:
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Unread postby wingman » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:00 pm

Female Amur :thumbs_up: The general back colour head marking and arrow marked streak/blotches on the chest and belly confirm this.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:06 pm

Thank you very much.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:28 pm

Guys ... is this an Amur Falcon?
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:32 pm

:thumbs_up: Female.
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