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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear Birders,
Please take note that this topic is regularly “cleaned” by moving the posts of a specific bird that has been positively ID-ed to the specific bird topic for all to use when trying to ID their bird sightings, and also to read all the interesting discussions about the birds while ID-ing them.
Should it be impossible for anybody to give a positive ID for a bird for some reason or another, it will be taken out, because it serves no purpose.
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by francoisd » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:03 am

Although many of them are large raptors can be tricky to identify especially the brown ones and the young ones. If you have a photo of a raptore which you battle to identify, this is the place to post it.

Remember only Raptors here. If you need a LBJ identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by normana53 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:15 pm

I just want to thank all of the forumites who post their photos of Raptors, and all of the experts and experienced birders who take the time to assist in the identification of these wonderful airborne predators. You have helped my SO and I to become better at identification, and have provided a lot of enjoyment during the major part of the year when we can't be in a South African paradise. Keep up the great work that you all do! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Micetta » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:08 pm

This is a great site for IDing birds!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bokmakieriekie » Mon May 09, 2011 9:12 pm

I recently attended a public lecture at the National Zoo, Boom Street, Pretoria, on this magnificent group of birds. The topic was 'Birds of Prey: their identification and behaviour' and the presenter was Ulrich Oberprieler. This lecture informed us on how to differentiate between the various species, how to get to know the specific groups, their habitat preferences and interesting behaviours. It was such an excellent lecture, well presented, outstanding photos, logical and systematic approach with a very good touch of humor. Not a moment of boredom. (An in-depth 3-day course is planned in June / July 2011)

The lecture was followed by a most enjoyable bring and braai, with them supplying fires, tables and chairs - for only R50.00 per person at the time - a fantastic outing in the middle of a city with the calls nocturnal animals and the sight of sleeping penguins around one. Highly recommended.
If you are not living in, or close to, Pretoria, take heart - buy Ulrich's raptor identification guide - The raptor guide of Southern Africa, Authors: Burger Cillie; Ulrich Oberprieler (and/or the Bird guide of Southern Africa by : B. Cillie and U. Oberprieler) available at leading bookstores or http://www.kalahari.net

For information on future lectures contact: Tel: 012 339 2700 / e-mail: info@nzg.ac.za,
or Rubeena Sampson on Tel: 012 339 2775 / e-mail: rubeena@nzg.ac.za.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by jaytea » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:51 am

I can't decide on this guy - there were lots of Wahlbergs around..... but the tail is a bit fanned??

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Unread post by jaytea » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:55 am

The same for this one.... Wahlbergs also?
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Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:20 am

jaytea, it would help if you would tell us where and when you saw these raptors?
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Unread post by jaytea » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Sorry Arks!!! :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:27 am

jaytea wrote:The same for this one.... Wahlbergs also?
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Hi Jaytea, I find the white markings on the upperparts of the tail and left wing of this bird interesting. Not sure if it reflecting light or not. Do you have any other photos of this bird?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by johanclassen » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:10 pm

Wildtuinman wrote
Why is this not a Booted Eagle?


This is the other side of the bird in question. It will then have to be the white morph of the Booted Eagle? Tnx in advance.

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Unread post by johanclassen » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:14 pm

Could this be a young Peregrine? also near Rondevlei Ebb and Flow..Thanks.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:39 pm

johanclassen wrote:Wildtuinman wrote
Why is this not a Booted Eagle?


This is the other side of the bird in question. It will then have to be the white morph of the Booted Eagle? Tnx in advance.

Lanner Falcon ID.jpg
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:02 am

johanclassen wrote:Wildtuinman wrote
Why is this not a Booted Eagle?


This is the other side of the bird in question. It will then have to be the white morph of the Booted Eagle? Tnx in advance.

Lanner Falcon ID.jpg


Hi Johan, yes, the pale morph. If you look closely you can even see the white on the leading edge of the shoulder of the wing.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:50 am

johanclassen wrote:Could this be a young Peregrine? also near Rondevlei Ebb and Flow..Thanks.

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This bird looks less vicious than a Peregrine, Johan. With that black sub-terminal band on the tail and rather plan underwing coverts I would go with one of the Kestrels. Lesser Kestrel perhaps? Do you have more photos of the bird?
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