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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:28 pm

Horrace wrote:Image

Amur Falcon, Kruger Satara Dec 2016


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Cool shot, but I'd rather go with a Lesser Kestrel as an id. :wink:
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:39 pm

Thanx for the heads up Wildtuinman - as a beginner, if I may ask what I should be looking at to make the ID..


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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:15 pm

My pleasure Horrace,

there are a few things to go on here:

1. The broad dark sub-terminal band on the tail. Amurs don't have such a clear defined band.
2. A hint of grey on the cheek. Female Amurs have a tear drop on the cheek which gives them that typical falcon mask.
3. Feint streaking on the breast. Amurs are far more heavily marked, mostly with barring and not streaking.
4. Mostly unmarked primaries and secondaries on the under wing. Amurs have a dark broad sub-terminal band on the under wing and clearly marked primaries and secondaries.
5. Yellowish cere. Amurs have a deep orange/reddish cere.

All of this makes this a female Lesser Kestrel. Satara is a good area to find them in summer.
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:17 pm

Thank you for the correction and markers wildtuinman, I appreciate the input...


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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:27 pm

I have changed it on the relevant pages Horrace. :thumbs_up:
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:40 pm

Thanx Hilda


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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:17 am

Horrace wrote:Thank you for the correction and markers wildtuinman, I appreciate the input...


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You're most welcome, Horrace. :thumbs_up:
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:53 pm

Saddle-billed Stork in Lower Sabie

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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:22 am

What perfect symmetry again such a deep blue sky. 8) It is incredible how gawky can become graceful.
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by hilda » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:28 am

Very nice shot Jesscan1! :dance: :dance:
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Re: FLYING BIRDS

Unread post by manicwalker » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:20 am

Jesscan,
Great "flying" photo... and such a beautiful blue sky... :clap: :clap:


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