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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:33 am

Spot on with both, Karin.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:21 am

This is a terrible picture, but the bird was visible at a distance for a minute or 2, the light conditions were terrible, and my camera was on the wrong settings :( Magaliesberg area.
Just before we saw this bird, we saw a Steppe Buzzard. Given my limited experience, I would have thought it was the Steppe, but the person who ID'd the bird (he was highly regarded ito birding knowledge by the rest of the group) mentioned the shape of the head, shape of the body and wings, and shape of the head. I've tried to enhance the photo, but all I can really relate to I terms of his description is the shape of the head - pigeon shaped. European Honey Buzzard - it his a correct ID?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:02 am

Hard to tell Karin, but a EHB has a 'pigeon' head.

Looks like it could have to me.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:04 pm

OK, so this is a bit far fetched, but maybe there's someone out there who will recognise the jizz. These two birds were circling very high above me in the KZN Midlands, calling constantly. I'm not sure if they are the same species or if one was harrying the other. initial impressions were that they were the same, but one is quite a bit smaller than the other.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Puff Addy » Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:17 pm

The bigger one looks like a Martial Eagle and the smaller one looks like... :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by WackoRhino » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:34 pm

Hi everybody,

back from Kruger I wonder if this eagle I saw in the middle of the Sabie river (taken from the S30) is a Steppe eagle by any chance :lol:

the gape extends behind the eye and it has a mighty beak. The yellow from the gape and the beak caught my eyes when looking with binoculars.

Thanks for the input :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Puff Addy » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:55 pm

Looks good for one, Wacko. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by WackoRhino » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:53 pm

Puff Addy, you made my day !
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:25 am

Personally I don't believe in the gape extension theory on these eagles. It is very hard to judge how far a gape extends unless you have real close up views of the bird. It is not easy to rule out Tawny Eagle from this picture. Do you perhaps have more photos of this bird, or can you mail me some high resolution photos to wildtuinman@yahoo.com ?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:06 pm

salamanda wrote:OK, so this is a bit far fetched, but maybe there's someone out there who will recognise the jizz. These two birds were circling very high above me in the KZN Midlands, calling constantly. I'm not sure if they are the same species or if one was harrying the other. initial impressions were that they were the same, but one is quite a bit smaller than the other.

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:bmp: No one has risen to the challenge . . . .


Maybe I'm expecting the impossible??? :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:22 pm

Also a pair of raptors, the larger one -- which I know is a jackal buzzard -- seemed to be chasing/harrassing the smaller one. And I've NO clue what that smaller bird might be :hmz: Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by WackoRhino » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:25 pm

Hi everybody

This one is a real mystery to me...
Taken on the S63 after a good rain on the 23rd of february.
I saw orange-red bill and legs, so I thought "juvenile bateleur" but the long tail really does not fit.
So :hmz:
The patterns on the wings may say something to someone

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Thanks for the input :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:45 pm

Anyone??? :pray:

arks wrote:Also a pair of raptors, the larger one -- which I know is a jackal buzzard -- seemed to be chasing/harrassing the smaller one. And I've NO clue what that smaller bird might be :hmz: Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:08 pm

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
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Puff Addy » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:44 pm

The first bird is a Booted Eagle and I am leaning towards Booted for the second one as well. :thumbs_up:


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