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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear Birders,
Please take note that this topic is regularly “cleaned” by moving the posts of a specific bird that has been positively ID-ed to the specific bird topic for all to use when trying to ID their bird sightings, and also to read all the interesting discussions about the birds while ID-ing them.
Should it be impossible for anybody to give a positive ID for a bird for some reason or another, it will be taken out, because it serves no purpose.
Go to Index to Birds Index to Birds and find the topic of the bird you are looking for.
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by francoisd » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:03 am

Although many of them are large raptors can be tricky to identify especially the brown ones and the young ones. If you have a photo of a raptore which you battle to identify, this is the place to post it.

Remember only Raptors here. If you need a LBJ identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by normana53 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:15 pm

I just want to thank all of the forumites who post their photos of Raptors, and all of the experts and experienced birders who take the time to assist in the identification of these wonderful airborne predators. You have helped my SO and I to become better at identification, and have provided a lot of enjoyment during the major part of the year when we can't be in a South African paradise. Keep up the great work that you all do! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Micetta » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:08 pm

This is a great site for IDing birds!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bokmakieriekie » Mon May 09, 2011 9:12 pm

I recently attended a public lecture at the National Zoo, Boom Street, Pretoria, on this magnificent group of birds. The topic was 'Birds of Prey: their identification and behaviour' and the presenter was Ulrich Oberprieler. This lecture informed us on how to differentiate between the various species, how to get to know the specific groups, their habitat preferences and interesting behaviours. It was such an excellent lecture, well presented, outstanding photos, logical and systematic approach with a very good touch of humor. Not a moment of boredom. (An in-depth 3-day course is planned in June / July 2011)

The lecture was followed by a most enjoyable bring and braai, with them supplying fires, tables and chairs - for only R50.00 per person at the time - a fantastic outing in the middle of a city with the calls nocturnal animals and the sight of sleeping penguins around one. Highly recommended.
If you are not living in, or close to, Pretoria, take heart - buy Ulrich's raptor identification guide - The raptor guide of Southern Africa, Authors: Burger Cillie; Ulrich Oberprieler (and/or the Bird guide of Southern Africa by : B. Cillie and U. Oberprieler) available at leading bookstores or http://www.kalahari.net

For information on future lectures contact: Tel: 012 339 2700 / e-mail: info@nzg.ac.za,
or Rubeena Sampson on Tel: 012 339 2775 / e-mail: rubeena@nzg.ac.za.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:01 pm

Tdgraves wrote:Help please, this large raptor was seen in Kgalagadi in Jan 2015. Really struggling to decide what it is...

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Some confusion about this raptor.

I cannot see it being anything else but a Tawny Eagle.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:10 pm

This is the best photo of this bird that I have. Not sure if anyone can hazard a guess what it is? Mountain Zebra NP Dec 2016.
Could it be a juvenile Booted eagle? A Booted eagle was spotted in the park 2 days before. The wings don't seem to be a 100% match though....... :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:27 pm

Quick glance, but it looks like a Cape Vulture to me.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:44 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Quick glance, but it looks like a Cape Vulture to me.


Cape Vulture makes much more sense! Thanks!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:26 am

Can anyone help me with this. I am thinking Lesser Spotted Eagle. Seen in the Red Rocks (Shingwedzi) area at end December 2016

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:47 pm

Spot on.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks very much wildtuinman :thumbs_up:
Happy with that one :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:19 pm

@wildtuinman.

AndyM says "Here is the shot of the Raptor spotted at Pretoria Botanical Garden this morning by Aiden.

The bird was at "boeing airplane" height.

I extracted as much as possible from the image. The barring on the chest is not visible, but the under-wing pattern maybe diagnostic".

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:56 am

Jesscan1 wrote:@wildtuinman.

AndyM says "Here is the shot of the Raptor spotted at Pretoria Botanical Garden this morning by Aiden.

The bird was at "boeing airplane" height.

I extracted as much as possible from the image. The barring on the chest is not visible, but the under-wing pattern maybe diagnostic".

Ovambo Sparrowhawk
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Thanks for this! Your pic is a little better than mine!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:25 am

Thanks jesscan! Yeah still looks like an Ovambo to me
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