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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:27 pm

Agree with AHE :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by flying cheetah » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:21 pm

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Re: Eagles: African Hawk Eagle

Unread post by adw » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:37 pm

I saw this Hawk-Eagle on the new section of the S36 (just south of the Nwaswisontso River). The mate was also in the tree.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:49 pm

I am seeing more & more AHEs when I go to Kruger. A great looking bird.
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Unread post by Eugene123 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:42 am

I saw this bird in Kgalagadi and would like confirmation of my ID please:
African Hawk -Eagle.

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The reasons I have for doubt is that distribution maps do not show it occuring in KTP and SABAP2 only has one record, albeit in the same vicinity that I saw it.

My reasons for saying African Hawk-Eagle are:
Leggings unmarked,
Underwing coverts spotted
Flight feathers white with black trailing edge
White windows visible on upper wing near tip

The next photos were actually taken before the first bird, at more or less the same spot and it looks like it could be the same bird, however other features confuse me:

The white on the upper wings seems more than the described "windows near the wingtips"
The rufous wash on the legs. I still think it is the same AHE

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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:59 am

Eugene123 I tend to agree with your African Hawk-eagle ID. As to the rufous wash on the legs, I can pick it up in the first set of photos as well and it might indicate that the bird might not have full adult plumage as the young birds has pale rufous coloration below.

I'll show the photos to TG as he knows his raptors quite well and see what his opinion is.
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Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:54 pm

Eugene,
I agree with your ID. This is an adult AHE. The juv birds don't have the broad trailing edges and all the features you mentioned are spot on! The rufous leggings could just be part of the juv. phase he's grown out of? Very nice sighting for the Kgalagadi, birds can fly....

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Unread post by TG » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:24 pm

The rufous wash to the underside of the adult African Hawk-Eagle posted by Eugene123 could also be the result of iron oxide staining, similar to the rufous underside of the Bearded Vulture.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Eugene123 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:23 pm

Thanks Francois, Lizet, TG!
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Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:27 pm

Please help with ID? Taken in the south of KNP.

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Unread post by Manovo-Gounda » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:30 pm

Hi Bobbi,

These are African hawk-eagles.

Brief description:
Size: medium to large
Body: the upperparts are blackish; below it is white but heavily streaked with black, except on the legs.
Wings: large white windows in the primaries and the trailing edge of the underwing is broadly black. Underwing coverts mostly black with a broad band of white spots.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:08 pm

MG, thanks for the ID. I appreciate it! Confirmation on my list!
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Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:45 pm

Am I correct , this being an African Hawkeagle ?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Gregor » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:28 pm

okie wrote:Am I correct , this being an African Hawkeagle ?

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Yep, must be an AHE.
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