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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:21 pm

The first two appeared to be a pair, the first bird is a dark phase brown, the second was much lighter, they were interacting for a long while so I would also say booted eagle.
the 3rd and 4th are the same bird it has appeared 3 or 4 times over the past 6 months but never close enough to get some pics, Im inclined to say Wahlbergs on colour but the giss says booted and the tail is wrong for wahlbergs as I know it. unfortunetly I dont have a front or top view. It always appears to be coming from the Umgeni river valley area and returning in that direction. I ve seen it out northern suburbs way / coastal forest area's and along the river area .
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Puff Addy » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:46 pm

If you zoom in on the first photo of the Durban bird you can see a hint of one of its tell-tale "landing lights" on the inner forewing.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:16 pm

Is this a Tawney Eagle? Near Ollifants rest camp
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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:41 am

That is a Wahlbergs Eagle Karin.

The square stump tail and relatively small facial features stand out here.

Tawny eagle's are way more bulky and normally have more variant coloration IE Tawny.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:44 am

DotDan wrote:That is a Wahlbergs Eagle Karin.

The square stump tail and relatively small facial features stand out here.

Tawny eagle's are way more bulky and normally have more variant coloration IE Tawny.


Thanks, didn't think it was a Tawney, but wan't sure. Thanks for the pointers!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:15 am

Saw this bird at the 4-way stop outside Skukuza. At first I got excited that it may be the Sooty, but when I looked at my book, I realised no.

The only other option is a Melanistic Gabar Goshhawk?

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Unread post by DotDan » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:43 am

Yup, nice sighting of the Gabar. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:34 pm

wingman wrote:Hi Im looking for some help with these 2 sets of birds

These taken near Tshokwane in June 2010

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These taken today over Durban north
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not the greatest quality sorry about that any help will be appreciated
many thanks


The Tshokwane bird seems very good for Booted Eagle, an incredible scarce bird for Kruger!

The Durban North bird is a Wahlberg's Eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:04 pm

Many Thanks for the help, it is much appreciated.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by MarijeNL » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:00 pm

Hi all,

Is this beauty an African Hawk Eagle?
Pictures taken on S27, close to Hippo Pool, november 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:25 pm

Hi
I would say African hawk eagle, there does not appear to be any streaking on the legs and they are often seen in the southern part of the park, do you have any clearer pics of the chest and legs. Ayre's has streaking on the legs and with the feathers on the head raised a small crown would normally be visible.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:49 pm

Photos taken in Kruger near Mopani. It was an overcast day, the bird was VERY far, and the photos have been severely cropped, hence the quality being not great. The white on the inside of the wing confuses me. Any suggestions?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by MarijeNL » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:05 pm

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from it's front but I do have a take off picture with his legs:
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Unread post by wingman » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:27 pm

Hi The streaked thighs would indicate definitely Ayre's , African has plain thighs, lets see what some of the others say, if confirmed as ayres it is a very good sighting as they are seldom seen in the park.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:50 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:Photos taken in Kruger near Mopani. It was an overcast day, the bird was VERY far, and the photos have been severely cropped, hence the quality being not great. The white on the inside of the wing confuses me. Any suggestions?

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Cannot rule out Lesser Spotted Eagle, but it seems to be a Wahlberg's Eagle.
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