Skip to Content

Buzzard: Steppe

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
wingman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 500
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:00 am
Location: Durban Kwazulu Natal SA

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:34 pm

I tend to agree with you on the steppe buzzard but i am no expert
Skukuza 23-04, Satara 24-04, Ngwenya 25- 29/04

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3472
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

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?
RSA 2016
4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

User avatar
Falconry4ever
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:45 am
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

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.
Go look at some of my photos (mostly birds) @ http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=20417

Expect the unexpected...

User avatar
Guinea Pig
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1625
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Location: My business...

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:26 pm

Is this raptor more of a challenge, Johan? :lol:

Seen near Satara.

Image
Plotting a stay at Tamboti and Croc Bridge in 2016...

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2315
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

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.
677 Last 5 lifers: Caspian plover, Western marsh harrier, Rüppell's vulture, Spotted crake, Lesser jacana

User avatar
michel367
Posts: 2929
Joined: Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:44 am
Location: On the edge of heaven

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by michel367 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:33 am

:thumbs_up:

User avatar
Guinea Pig
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1625
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Location: My business...

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:
Plotting a stay at Tamboti and Croc Bridge in 2016...

User avatar
Tilandi
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 13730
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:18 pm
Location: Stilfontein

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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

Seen in the Welkom area, Free State
Image
Image
Image
Latest lifer Greater Painted Snipe

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2315
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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

Was Steppe buzzard on your ID radar?
677 Last 5 lifers: Caspian plover, Western marsh harrier, Rüppell's vulture, Spotted crake, Lesser jacana

User avatar
Tilandi
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 13730
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:18 pm
Location: Stilfontein

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?


Yip. :D Thank you :D
Latest lifer Greater Painted Snipe

User avatar
Bushbuddies
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1122
Joined: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:22 pm
Location: Centurion

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:

Image
22-25 July 2016 - Pafuri Border Camp
25-28 July 2016 - Shingwedzi
28-31 July 2016 - Olifants

User avatar
Niall
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 295
Joined: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:10 pm
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.

Cheers

Niall.

User avatar
Falconry4ever
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:45 am
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

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.
Go look at some of my photos (mostly birds) @ http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=20417

Expect the unexpected...

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 795
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

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".

Answers to the questions asked in identifying a bird.
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

Image

Image

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2315
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

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"


:thumbs_up:
677 Last 5 lifers: Caspian plover, Western marsh harrier, Rüppell's vulture, Spotted crake, Lesser jacana


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: umtali1 and 1 guest


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Kiepersol at 17:53:13
orpen
Submitted by engelas at 08:05:50
satara
Submitted by engelas at 08:35:31
nossob
Submitted by Nosey1810 at 19:15:23