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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:48 am

We also saw this kestrel which I'm not sure taken at extreme range and cropped heavily 2 days before in the same area.

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It has a grey tinge to the head neck area Im debating on this as it is not the same bird
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Unread post by Micetta » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:55 am

Welcome back Wingman :thumbs_up: Are you preparing some nice bird pics? :wink:

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Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:53 am

Wingman,
This is a Lesser Kestrel, the red head with yellow bare parts and dark eyes, distingish this from Rock and Greater Kestrel. They are actually on the red data endangered list..

So nice sighting!

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Unread post by wingman » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:18 pm

Many thanks LG I had it down as rock with a big ? but had doubts the markings were too varied.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by pnm » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:19 pm

Hello everyone

I took the following two photos at the Paarl sewage works yesterday at 14:15 of a raptor flying high and fast. I think it is a Black-shoulderd Kite but the BSK has a white belly and this bird appears to have a slightly rufous belly. I know the hptos are not the best but could anyone confirm if it is indeed a Blkack-shouldered Kite?

The Squacco heron is still at the Paarl sewage works two birders told me yesterday.

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ross hawkins » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:28 am

Pete I'll take a stab with a Lesser Kestrel.

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Unread post by Maxwell » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:22 am

Ross,
Brave call with that Lesser Kestrel but I agree. Not much else it could be.
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Unread post by ross hawkins » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:00 am

Thanks Maxwell. It was the first one to come to mind :)

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Unread post by pnm » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm

Thanks Ross and Maxwell. I'd never have got that one.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:55 pm

Can anyone please help identify these juvenile kestrels. Seen in Stilfontein Sunday very high up in a tree.

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Unread post by Ladybirder » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:23 pm

Tilandi, I am not sure but because you asked me i'll reply.Its difficult to see the colour of their heads but the broad black band with the thin white on the end and the light under wing make it a Lesser Kestrel for me , but I might be wrong.

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Unread post by DotDan » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:04 am

Difficult to say 100% Tilandi.. but I will agree with Ladybirder.. that dark black tail band is typical for LK.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:49 pm

Thank you Ladybirder & DotDan. :D
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Kestrel, Lesser

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A common summer visitor to the Karoo.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by KobusF » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:34 am

Hi friends.....some help please. Photo was taken at Klerksdorp March 2013.

Lesser Kestrel ?
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