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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:55 pm

More help needed please.
Can someone confirm if this is a Wahlberg's eagle, altho the tightly feathered legs are confusing me a bit, into thinking Lesser Spotted.
Seen in Kruger this Feb.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:55 pm

Hi Elsa, I think it is a Lesser Spotted Eagle because of the "stove pipe" leg-featherings.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:33 pm

Hi Elsa,

I believe its Wahlberg's Eagle....The reason I dont believe its Lesser Spotted Eagle, is that a Juv.would have the white cresent on the rump, and the white spotting on the wings. Pointing towards your bird being an adult. Which as far as I know, has yellow eyes in LSE??! But besides that :D I believe the hint of the crest, overall appearance and slightly baggy feathered legs.......points towards Wahlberg's Eagle. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:14 am

Thanks to both RJ and Yolande for your input,

A bit confusing, if I look at our notes, we did put it down as Wahlberg's initially and only after looking at the pics in more detail did I start doubting that. :?
I agree with the lack of yellow eyes and altho I was also tending to go LSE, but, now on studying the gape, the slight crest and the nostril, I am starting to think it is indeed Wahlberg's.
Pity as LSE would have been a new tick. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Thu May 14, 2009 10:35 am

Would like confirmation if this could be a Steppe Buzzard?
Seen in Kruger in Feb/Mar.
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Unfortunately the pic is not the clearest, but the best we have.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 14, 2009 12:31 pm

Looks like Steppe to me....
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Thu May 14, 2009 1:11 pm

Thanks RJ, :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 14, 2009 4:55 pm

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Moegaai » Thu May 14, 2009 8:13 pm

Guys, I want to throw a rock in the bush here... RJ, sorry to rain on your parade, but I'm not so sure about the ID of the Steppe Buzzard. Not saying you're wrong, just questioning...

IMHO:

The "Steppe Buzzard" of Elsa is rather a Wahlberg's Eagle. The GISS seems wrong for a Buzzard. Sure, the light chest band immediately makes you think Steppe, but that head is an Eagle, a Buzzard would have a smaller, more rounded head.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 14, 2009 8:56 pm

Not a prblem Moegaai :lol: :lol:

I didnt realise Elsa had labelled it a Steppe Buzzard, I took for granted that what was meant was a Steppe Eagle, without reading further. Which Is what I initially thought it was....Looking again with the enlarged images, the nostril shape and gape, along with giss all add up with Wahlberg's....So your rock in hte bush, was well worth it! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Moegaai » Fri May 15, 2009 9:02 am

Morning guys, okay, I think we've agreed Elsa's is a Wahlberg's Eagle. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Fri May 15, 2009 10:28 am

Ok, sorry about the confusion re my Buzzard/Eagle :wink:
but thanks for the help and the clarification, hopefully one day I can be as good as you are!

I have marked it down as a Wahlberg's now. :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Mgoddard » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:42 pm

Here I am again :shock: after the last debacle not sure if I should give you pics of this bird upside down aswell! :D
Seen at Transport Dam today...posted it on the blog, but need absolute certainty to add it to my list...

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There were 2 of them...this one caught a little bird...

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:00 pm

Hi Martie,
I would say it´s a Wahlberg´s Eagle, but you better wait for the experts to confirm it :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Siobain » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:09 pm

Hi Martie,

I agree with Flying cheetah, I think it's not big and bulky enough to be a
Steppe Eagle, so I would definitely say Wahlberg's Eagle.
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