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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by UKbadger » Fri May 13, 2011 9:21 pm

Some of the SA juvenile raptors are downright devilish and as for the various morphs as well :roll: :doh:

How about this one Tawny or Steppe?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Gregor » Sat May 14, 2011 9:13 am

Steppe Eagle!

The bill clearly ends somewhere below or even past the end of the birds eye.
This is typical to steppe eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by MattAxel » Sat May 14, 2011 9:44 am

I think it actually looks more like a Booted Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by UKbadger » Sat May 14, 2011 6:32 pm

What I didn’t say was that it was a BIG BIG Eagle, so that would exclude Booted.

I had it down as a Steppe, which was a lifer for me :dance: and a more “Eagley” Eagle there never was, sitting on the top of Shabeni Hill KNP.

It’s great to get conformation of it from the experts, as my birder’s conscience has been tickling me ever since! :doh:

If anyone disagrees though, please don’t hold back, I can take it

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:05 am

This one has me flummoxed :wall: I'd think that a black eagle would show both a white rump and a more distinct white V on the back, but that's the closest I come to what this bird might be. Am I missing something obvious? Seen (very far away) from my tent at Tamboti in mid-November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:47 am

Steppe eagle?
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:09 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Steppe eagle?

I suppose that's possible, but while I see that the steppe eagle may have a lighter patch on it's hind crown, I don't see that it would have the lighter patch on its back? :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:19 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Steppe eagle?


I think Bushy is on the money...
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:50 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote:Steppe eagle?

I think Bushy is on the money...

:thumbs_up: Thanks JvR. If you and BB both say steppe eagle, then I'm sure that it can be nothing else. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:46 am

That pale patch in the middle of the back is an occasional Steppe feature. Very helpful when they do have it. Together with the upper wing pattern formed by the pale bases of the primaries (a lighter panel beyond the carpal joint) and the nicely rounded tail, there are no other puzzle pieces (raptors) that get close to such a snug fit.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:20 pm

Thanks so much for all the additional interesting and useful info, JvR :gflower: I've SO much still to learn!
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