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Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:48 pm

Superb sightings!! :clap: :clap:

We were so lucky to spot a young one at Lake Panic (Tx Naomi for the ID)

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Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:56 am

Taken near Paul Kruger Gate

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Young Hawk taken at LP


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Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:06 pm

Stunning pictures, Jan. I have seen these birds in action twice. They must be the most unpopular birds in the bird kingdom. I must say that I had tears in my eyes watching frantic purple roller parents trying to save their young.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:20 am

Is this a Gymogene?

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:41 am

And yes, on the gymnogene :thumbs_up: (African harrier-hawk, often found with forked-tail drongos for company, keeping a watch on the bird in case it gets up to mischief!)
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:33 pm

Thanks Johan, much appreciated. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RichardJ » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:07 pm

Please help with an ID (now that ID thread is working? Did some rough editing :cry: )
At first I thought it was a juvenile Bataleur, but closer look a Gymnogene?
Seen at KasperseDraai KTP May 2015

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Robbert"Hi Richard,

I think you're right, to me it looks like a juvenile African Gymnogene."

Jan van Wyk"Sorry RichardJ have no Idea..may be a young Tawny... :hmz: "


Thanks Robert, I am not completely convinced :hmz:
Thanks Jan .... but no feathers on legs !?

Any others?

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Re: RE: Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RichardJ » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:51 pm

RichardJ wrote:Please help with an ID (now that ID thread is working? Did some rough editing :cry: )
At first I thought it was a juvenile Bataleur, but closer look a Gymnogene?
Seen at KasperseDraai KTP May 2015


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Robbert "Hi Richard, I think you're right, to me it looks like a juvenile African Gymnogene."

Jan van Wyk "Sorry RichardJ have no Idea..may be a young Tawny... :hmz: "


Thanks Robbert, I am not completely convinced :hmz:
Thanks Jan .... but no feathers on legs !?

Any others?

Any?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Albert » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:23 pm

@ RichardJ: Looks like a juvenile Harrier-hawk (Gymnogene) to me.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:10 am

RichardJ,

I agree with Albert that your bird is indeed a juvenile African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene), due to the following:

1. The small and elongated head with bared facial skin;
2. The long yellow legs covered in rough scales;
3. Bill black, cere and base of lower mandible whitish; and
4. The stance of your bird correlates with that of an African Harrier-Hawk on the ground.

Here is an example of a juvenile African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene) that Jan van Wyk posted on 8 June 2014. The last two pictures is the juvenile.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:35 am

@RchardJ - Robbert is correct. Juvenile African harrier hawk, formerly known as a gymnogene.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:14 am

:thumbs_up: Agreed!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RichardJ » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:28 pm

Thanks for the confirmation Albert, Barry, BB and Imberbe

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by johanclassen » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:01 pm

Hi everyone, I just returned from KNP . I need some confirmation please on a few of the raptors.
I hope to be correct or otherwise to be corrected :wink: Here is the first one, and tnx for your effort.
This one a Juv African Harrier Hawk (Brown) ? Near Letaba.

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:40 am

Tried my raptor guide for the first time :dance: and I think you are correct in your ID of Harrier Hawk.


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