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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:17 pm

Drongos are quite cheeky. We have seen then attacking a tawny eagle.

They keep away from the business end, the claws.
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:25 pm

Wow Elsa, this is a stunning series of photos (especially the last one)
This type of interaction might be seen quite often, but I have definite not seen many been photographed this well :clap:

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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby flying cheetah » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:52 pm

Does anybody know an explanation for the behaviour of the Drongo?
Is he afraid the eagle could harm his nest :hmz:
I don´t believe a martial eagle is to impressed if a Drongo tries to mob him!
Anyway, a brave and interesting appearance :?
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:12 am

No, but it seems they might be protecting a nest or have a death wish
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:31 am

Yes, we also wondered what the reason for the attack was and I guess it could be that they just have a general dislike of big raptors because of their ability to destroy the young in a next.
Not sure if Drongos breed year round?
We did look around for a possible nest but could not find anything.

Thanks for the comments and I must add I used the royal "we" but in reality Klystron took the series of pics. :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:37 am

Can somebody please help me ID this one, it has got me beat.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JenB » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:53 am

Looks like a juvenile Martial Eagle.

Beautiful pic, Sprocky! :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:55 am

Thanks Jen, I thought it was but I was not 100% sure. :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:03 am

Sprocky,
I agree with JenB, it's a Imm. Martial Eagle. The brown markings on the hind neck distinguish it from Crowned. Very obvious Orbital rim is typical for Eagles if you can't see the feathered legs. The pale form Wahlberg's has a yellow cere and smaller beak.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JenB » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:02 am

Lizet, what is the Orbital rim? :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:20 am

Hi Jen,
It's the bone socket(orbit) which forms part of the skull and keeps the eyes in place. In this case the Superior(top) outside edge(eyebrow), is very prominant and gives the fierce appearance..

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:45 pm

Great picture Sprocky! :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JenB » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:24 pm

Ooookey! Thanx Lizet. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:49 pm

From my holidays in the North of the Kruger (near Shingwedzi):

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Really fascinating eyes!

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Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:25 pm

Saw this Juwenile Martial Eagle on the S28/KNP :lol:

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