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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:31 am

Thanks Dave and wingman, I expect that juvenile steppe buzzard is most likely what it is. However, are there any "experts" who might have something further to add?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Falconry4ever » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:18 pm

arks wrote:At first I'd thought that this bird was a juvenile steppe buzard or even a juvenule jackal buzzard, but now I'm wondering if it might in fact be a forest buzzard? Seen along the road between Darling and Yzerfontein on 25 March 2010. :hmz:

Hmmm...
Adult or sub-adult Steppe Buzzard. I cannot see a pale eye. Habitat very unlikely for the time of year to eb a Forest Buzzard. Not a Jackal Buzzard juvenile as the photo doesn't show uniform rufous on the chest, but broken dark brown barring and straeking.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:31 am

:lol: BoPs are always a challenge. This one is a dark-form Steppe Buzzard.
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Unread post by michel367 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:33 am

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:09 am

Thanks Johan. :thumbs_up: I hate raptors. There are so many possibilities that I get confused. :lol:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Tilandi » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:09 am

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:38 am

Was Steppe buzzard on your ID radar?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Tilandi » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:13 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Was Steppe buzzard on your ID radar?


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:41 pm

Saw this one in Golden Gate on a rainy January afternoon overlooking a stream. Would appreciate your opinion - ?Common Buzzard or Forrest Buzzard? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Niall » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:46 am

Hi BB, it looks like a Steppe (aka Common - formerly lumped) Buzzard to me.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Falconry4ever » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:07 am

Bushbuddies wrote:Saw this one in Golden Gate on a rainy January afternoon overlooking a stream. Would appreciate your opinion - ?Common Buzzard or Forrest Buzzard? :hmz:

I would have to go with juvenile Steppe Buzzard. It could be an adult Forest, but I see light coloured eyes of the juvenile Steppe including the streaking on breast of a juv.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:26 pm

I took the following picture of this medium sized raptor. I am trying to identify this bird and think it might be the "Steppe Buzzard" also known as the "BruinJakkalsVoel".

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1.) Where did you see this animal? (National Park, area of the country.)
Kruger National Park close to Afsaal Picnic spot. (2011-03-06)

2.) In what habitat was it? (Rocks, tree, mountainous, grasland, etc.)
The bird was sitting in a tree on the H3 between Afsaal & Berg-en-Dal.

3.) What size was it approx.?
Medium Size (Little bigger than a Guineafowl)

4.) Was it alone?
Yes

5.) What was it doing?
Starring ( :D Could not help myself)

6.) What time of year / season was it?
Summer

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:05 pm

Leeukos wrote:I ... identify this bird ... "Steppe Buzzard"


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:14 pm

Leeukos,

I have to congratulate you! This must be the most complete info so far about a bird pic on the forum.. :clap: :clap: :P :P

and yes :thumbs_up: Steppe Buzzard

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by sandeep » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:55 am

I have a query here for the experts. I was in Marakele in early Feb and saw only Steppe Buzzards, amongst the raptors, and many of them. My query and what set me thinking is that why do these birds migrate all the way from Russia to SA?? I mean they can get the warmer climate and the food in case they stopped their migration by a few thousand miles and stopped say somewhere over East/ Central Africa....

Any ideas/ views/ thoughts or comments pl??


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