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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Albert » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:32 pm

The vulture is a Hooded, like you thought. The long, slender bill is a good diagnostic.
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:33 am

Yes, Wahlberg's Eagle is correct for the last one, Roaneric. The small crest, pointy head, stove-pipe tarsi and small round nostril are all diagnostic features.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:40 am

roaneric wrote:
How do I tell the difference between a Tawny and a lesser spotted eagle.


DotDaan already gave some good pointers. I can maybe just add that one is far more likely to confuse Lesser Spotted Eagle with Wahlberg's Eagle. The main difference between the two is the head shape with Wahlberg's having a much more pointier head and the gape, with the Lesser Spotted having a more fleshier gape.

When confronted with adults of the two species, the Lesser Spotted will have a pale eye as opposed to the dark eye of the Wahlberg's. An immature Lesser Spotted (more common than adults in SA as Daan said) has distinct white edges to the flight feathers which the Wahlberg's doesn't have.
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Unread post by roaneric » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:54 am

Thanks so much for you help. Very interesting. :wink:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:32 am

Wow! You can learn so much from reading this topic :dance: :dance: . Thank you to all you very knowledgable birders :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:29 pm

Please confirm - the top bird is an African Marsh Harrier and the bottom bird is a Western Marsh Harrier?
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:03 pm

Karin, I agree with your ID's African Marsh and Western Marsh Harriers :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by hilda » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:48 am

Wow! Great sightings Karin! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:05 pm

Hi there again.

I need some help with these 2 raptors. I cropped the fotos so sorry for the bad quality.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Ladybirder » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:13 pm

I think no 1 is a African Hawk Eagle but a young bird
no 2 Wahlberg's Eagle Yellow cere and gape, look at that little crest on the head
If I am incorrect will one of the raptor experts help with the ID

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:53 am

I agree with LadyBirder's id's.
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Unread post by Oumie » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:56 pm

Was on an early morning game drive....
Saw this eagle on a dead tree. on the 8th of June 2016....our guide told us it was a Crowned Eagle...not to sure if it is....
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Unread post by arks » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:43 pm

Might rather be an immature martial eagle, Oumie ... but I'm no expert :wink:
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:44 pm

:thumbs_up: For Martial Eagle Juv

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:07 pm

Hi there.

A few last raptors I need help with please

1. Is this a tawny eagle? Its so extremely light in color?
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2. I just cant seem to see the difference between these eagles. Is this one maybe a Lesser spotted eagle? :wall:
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3. This one looks the same as the one oumie saw. Juv Martial? It was at least 300m and I zoomed in completely AND cropped it. It was a huge eagle
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