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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:24 pm 
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Juv Bateleur :thumbs_up: Milky eye, maybe it was winking at you?! :wink: :twisted: :lol: One can only guess at it being an injury, nothing set in stone!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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:funny: Thanks RJ

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi guys,

Thanks a lot! While working through our holiday photos (only about 2000 of them :lol: ), I ran into some other bird sightings which I don't know. You have probably already guessed that I'm not a bird specialist :)

Anyways, thanks for helping me out.

All birds are spotted between Olifants and Skukuza in Kruger.

5.Sorry, pic is rotated :-)
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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: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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Agree with you on all of them Jurgen :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Jurgen wrote:
#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?)
Jurgen

I edited ( :redface: ) the pic a little bit so the ID can be made better, although you guys were already in agreement.

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