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Eagle: Verreaux's

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by annapangolin » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:58 pm

Fabulous photos! I've been there so many times and had no idea there were Black Eagles around :wall: .

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:21 pm

I saw this Verreaux's Eagle at Marakele.

According to Shangaan and Shona mythology, the Verreaux's Eagle was seen as a messenger of their ancestors.

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Multiflorum » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:07 am

During a recent trail in the Makuleke concession, we came accross a Verreaux Eagle near Hutwini feeding off an immature white backed vulture. It appeared to be a fresh kill which led us to the conclusion that the eagle killed the vulture not long before our arrival.

I am not aware of any previous records of Verreaux Eagle killing vultures but given that their nesting sites overlap, one should perhaps not be that surprised.

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu May 03, 2012 5:47 pm

Great sighting and pics :clap:

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Unread post by Dupacc » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:33 pm

According to one reference work I consulted, Black Eagles will use the same nest over and over again, each year adding new building material to the existing nest. This in some cases result in the nest being built up as high as 4m from the base . :shock: :shock:

I took this photo (and the one in my avatar) in 2008 in KZN.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RUG » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:42 pm

Hello everyone,

I was hoping you could help me identify this bird. It looks like a raptor, or maybe a vulture?
I saw it a week ago in Postberg in the West Coast National Park. I've looked through my bird book but can't find anything with such an obvious yellow spot!

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Thanks!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:56 pm

The yellow spot is a patagial tag (Used for identification) RUG and the bird looks like a White-headed Vulture, but I am no expert so best wait for someone who really knows!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:35 pm

Welcome to the forum RUG.

Do you have any more and clearer pictures?

AFAIK there are no vultures in WCNP. Jackal buzzards, black harriers yes and maybe African harrier hawks.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:49 pm

Ah well, I warned you RUG :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ross hawkins » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:29 pm

@rug Looks you have a Verreaux's Eagle, we'll possibly a youngster

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RUG » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:37 pm

Salamanda, thank you for explaining the yellow bit!

Bush Baptist, I used full zoom on my camera (140 times!) so the other images I have are of the same quality. I've uploaded them in maximum resolution under this link:
http://imgur.com/a/8e3kw

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:33 pm

I think also of a Verreaux's Eagle :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Papadoc » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:52 am

Dear Birders,

I must admit we are not specifically a birders: we love SA's nature (as guarded by Sanparks). We visited your country some times and we came across a bird in flight which perhaps is common, but we could not figure out what bird it would de. We guess it might be an eagle, but what kind of an eagle remains a question. We took this photo in Kgalagadi September this year. I had to decrease the file size quite a lot, so the photo is not he magninificent anymore (if it was ...), but perhaps you can figure out what bird this might be.

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:37 pm

I would have thought it was an immature Verreaux's Eagle, but you do not get them in the Kgalagadi? An expert would have to help!


wildtuinman wrote:Agree with all the raptor id's, including that of the immature Verreaux's Eagle.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Papadoc » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:25 pm

Dear Forumites,

Thanks for the id of the Verreaux's Eagle!

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