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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:17 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
Unread postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
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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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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
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No, but it seems they might be protecting a nest or have a death wish

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
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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:
I was the director! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Can somebody please help me ID this one, it has got me beat.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Looks like a juvenile Martial Eagle.

Beautiful pic, Sprocky! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thanks Jen, I thought it was but I was not 100% sure. :wink:


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

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

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Ooookey! Thanx Lizet. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle: Martial Eagle
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From my holidays in the North of the Kruger (near Shingwedzi):

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Really fascinating eyes!


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

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