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Tankwa Karoo bird ID?

Unread post by eh0109 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:56 am

Not sure what it is. My list of possibilities:

* Blackbreasted snake eagle (circaetus cinereus) - the eyes match
* African marsh harrier (circus ranivorus) - way out of it's range
* Pale chanting goshawk (melierax canorus) - juvenile?

Any ideas on positive identification? The photo was taken by a remote camera with infra-red heat/motion sensor, in the shade of a sweet-thorn tree, about ankle-height.


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Re: Tankwa Karoo bird ID?

Unread post by arks » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:09 pm

Suggest that you post your query in the birding forum's raptor ID thread.
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Re: Tankwa Karoo bird ID?

Unread post by Albert » Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:36 pm

My guess would be Juvenile PCG (based on the streaking/barring on the chest and thighs and the barring on the tail as well as the fact that the Pale Chanting Goshawk is quite common in that area).
I would have thought that the Tankwa would be out of range for the Black-chested Snake Eagle as well? But then again, I am frequently wrong.
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Re: Tankwa Karoo bird ID?

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:01 am

I agree with Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Re: Tankwa Karoo bird ID?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:11 pm

Me too :thumbs_up:
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