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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by sandeep » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:36 pm

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Hi
Saw this owl close to Satara. There was an adult Verraux's Eagle Owl on the branch next to this. Would this be a young Verraux's Eagle Owl??

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johann » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:34 pm

sandeep wrote:...Any thoughts on the owl anyone??..


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by sandeep » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:48 pm

Thanks Johann

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by bondm » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:45 pm

Hi again, Here is another one for you. I took this picture just outside Shingwedzi camp last December. The birds were in one of the large trees at the side of the river. I know that they are Giant Eagle Owls but are they adults or juveniles, male or female?Image
At the time I thought they were two juveniles as the one on the far side was very vocal as if calling for it's parents. However that may have been because a pride of lions was strolling along the other side of the road. bondm

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:34 pm

bondm,
The bird closest in the frame is a juv with the adult at the back. You can still see a lot of down on this bird with brown barring on the back, wings and head. The barring gets a lot less in the adult. The female is normally larger then the male so if I can't compare size we actually can't tell sex.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by bondm » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:30 pm

Thanks for the info Lizet. After taking this picture we went off to Red Rocks and when we returned they had both disappeared. Thanks again. bondm

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Unread post by Richprins » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:37 pm

Good evening, Mr Bond!

Stunning pic, and fc too! :clap:

The juvenile is very big indeed isn't it!? Looks like it may be its last meal from mommy! :twisted:

The pics would be nice on the relevant bird threads too! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by bondm » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:26 pm

Hi Richprins, I did look in the bird index but couldn't find Giant Eagle Owls listed. bondm

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Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:26 pm

bondm wrote:Hi Richprins, I did look in the bird index but couldn't find Giant Eagle Owls listed. bondm


Hi bondm, that's probably because they're not called Giant Eagle Owls anymore. they're called Verreaux's Eagle Owl now.

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Re: Owl: Verreaux's Eagle-

Unread post by bondm » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:02 pm

Hi all, Here is a picture of a couple of Verreaux's Eagle owls seen last Dec.4th by the road from Shingwedzi camp gate to the main highway. They look very similar to the ones spotted by Kamadejo north of Shingwedzi.Imagebondm

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Re: Owl: Verreaux's Eagle-

Unread post by Kamadejo » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:11 pm

Such a lovely pic bondm, yours is definitely better than mine, so stunning. :clap: :clap: Maybe it is the same couple :lol:
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Unread post by WillemK » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:49 pm

Also saw a nice owl sitting relatively in the open near Veertiende waterhole in Kgalagadi Trans park.

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Re: Owl: Verreaux's Eagle-

Unread post by flying cheetah » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:34 pm

A juvenile, seen near Biyamiti:

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Re: Owl: Verreaux's Eagle-

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:04 am

This one was seen just south of Satara last Thursday. They are formidable birds! It had caught and killed another raptor, from some of the other photos, it seems to be a Gabar or Dark Chanting Goshawk.

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Re: Owl: Verreaux's Eagle-

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:10 pm

Rain can sometimes be a photographer's best friend. In this case it made this owl very reluctant to move, allowing me special up-close privileges...

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