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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:13 am

Thanks, will read up on it to see how you got there. The Little Sparrowhawk would have been a lifer, but the Shikra is my first sighting since 2014, so also a very nice sighting.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:33 am

A Little Sparrowhawk appears more compact, probably due to its shorter tail.

This bird just seemed a bit more slender and generally longer build.

On closer inspection the markings on the breast and belly corresponds very nicely with what I have seen on Shikras before.
Here is an example of what I am referring to in my last point:

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What bird is this ?

Unread post by CoastPop » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:35 am

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Re: What bird is this ?

Unread post by arks » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:08 pm

You are likely to get more replies if you post this in the raptor ID threard. Also please nclude where and when you saw the bird, as that will help with the ID.

My guess would be juvenile martial eagle, but I'm no expert.
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Re: What bird is this ?

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:15 pm

I was also thinking Juv Martial eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by barryels » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:23 pm

I agree with Arks and Karin Mitton that your bird is a Juv Martial eagle :thumbs_up: .

Great picture :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:58 pm

I saw this bird in Hluhluwe last week.Please help with ID - Possibly Crowned Eagle?


09497 Query African crowned Eagle Hluhluwe Aug 12.jpg

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Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:05 pm

This one from Imfolozi last week - Little Sparrowhawk?


09745  Little Sparrowhawk  Umganu Aug 13.jpg




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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:38 pm

Both IDs spot on Sal.

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Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:13 pm

Thanks for that BB. We also saw an African Finfoot - out of the water, and a Greater Painted Snipe amongst others.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:34 pm

Quality trip no doubt. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by UKPete » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:31 pm

Be gentle with me - in the UK we don’t tend to see eagles!
These two were in ther area of Mopani camp on 2 Dember 2016.
I’ve bought a bird ID book (Sasol Birds of Southern Africa) which has made me go back and look again at the photos of birds that I have.
I originally thought Steppe Eagle - but the gape does not appear to go to the back of the eye. Doesn’t look like Lesser Spotted as the leg feathers don’t look tidy and ‘stove pipe’? Stronger head shape like a tawny - but wrong colour eyes?
Any help gratefully received!!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:40 pm

Wahlberg's eagles and immature Tawny eagles have the dark eyes.
I want to guess, but I have gotten these wrong many times - hopefully one of the experts will help.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Albert » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:01 pm

Using Wildtiunman's excellent "Eagle ID" flow diagram I'd say the brown wing coverts and apparently large, oval nostril point to juvenile Tawny rather than Wahlberg's Eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:05 pm

The bird in the first pic on the left certainly looks like a tawny to me


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