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Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:32 pm Unread post
When you say "eye-ring", I assume you mean the "iris" (ie. the coloured part of the outer surface of the eye surrounding the pupil) and that you do not mean an eye-wattle (ie. a brightly coloured fleshy area surrounding but external to the eye). Neither LSH nor Shikra have an eye-wattle but both have dictinct iris colours. In the case of the LSH, the iris is bright yellow to orange-yellow. In the the Shikra, the iris is red in the males and orange in the females.
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:20 pm Unread post
When I say eye-ring I am not referring to the iris - which is yellow in the LHS and red in the Shikra like you rightly point out - and I am also not referring to a wattle - once again which you point out that neither have - once again correctly.

I am referring to this (sorry Jumbo for snipping your lovely picture)

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and if I use Francois's red arrow (not nearly such a professional one)

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The yellow eye-ring is outside of the eye, but not a wattle. This is noted in Sasol as one of the things to look for.

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Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:15 pm Unread post
Hi Hanno. Thanks for pointing that out. None of my Newmans (8th ed.), Sasol (2nd ed.) or Roberts VI make mention of the eye-ring :shock: , only the yellow eye (or iris in the case of Roberts). What edition of Sasol do you have ?


Little Sparrowhawk.

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Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:16 am Unread post
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Hi all,
Please can you help me in identifying these birds.
The photos aren't great, sorry for that.
All spotted in KNP in June.

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Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:37 am Unread post
Hi Jehoshaphat,

Ovambo Sparrowhawk.



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Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:45 am Unread post
I dunno bout Ovambo, Little sparrowhawk perhaps?(yellow eye-ring??). June not good time for Ovambo.

Will have to go check my guide this arvie to refresh my memory on the striping of the chest. :?


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Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:53 am Unread post
I would also say Little Sparrowhawk.

Thanks for the help.



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Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:03 am Unread post
wildtuinman wrote
I dunno bout Ovambo, Little sparrowhawk perhaps?(yellow eye-ring??). June not good time for Ovambo.


Hmmm, silly of me. I will have to revise my opinion and also go for Little Spar. I'm not sure the yellow eye-ring is visible though (and remember, Ovambo Spar also has a yellow eye-ring) but the yellow iris is clearly visible and I don't know how I could have overlooked such an obvious feature.
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