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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:26 pm

The Verreaux's Eagles at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden.
In the first few photos the female took a rest on the top (old) nest, after they did fly-overs for quite some time, being harassed by the ever-present and irritating Pied Crows.
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I've seen the male taking back new vegetation (normally green leaves) to the nest. Here he came flying closer with the stick....but dropped it shortly before reaching the nest - thanks to the crows. He looked a lot like Harry Potter on his broom :lol:
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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by pantera leo » Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:11 pm

WOW beautiful photo's Yolandé!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Thanks for posting! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:39 pm

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by annapangolin » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:58 pm

Fabulous photos! I've been there so many times and had no idea there were Black Eagles around :wall: .

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:21 pm

I saw this Verreaux's Eagle at Marakele.

According to Shangaan and Shona mythology, the Verreaux's Eagle was seen as a messenger of their ancestors.

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Multiflorum » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:07 am

During a recent trail in the Makuleke concession, we came accross a Verreaux Eagle near Hutwini feeding off an immature white backed vulture. It appeared to be a fresh kill which led us to the conclusion that the eagle killed the vulture not long before our arrival.

I am not aware of any previous records of Verreaux Eagle killing vultures but given that their nesting sites overlap, one should perhaps not be that surprised.

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Re: Eagle: Verreaux's

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu May 03, 2012 5:47 pm

Great sighting and pics :clap:

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Unread post by Dupacc » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:33 pm

According to one reference work I consulted, Black Eagles will use the same nest over and over again, each year adding new building material to the existing nest. This in some cases result in the nest being built up as high as 4m from the base . :shock: :shock:

I took this photo (and the one in my avatar) in 2008 in KZN.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RUG » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:42 pm

Hello everyone,

I was hoping you could help me identify this bird. It looks like a raptor, or maybe a vulture?
I saw it a week ago in Postberg in the West Coast National Park. I've looked through my bird book but can't find anything with such an obvious yellow spot!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:56 pm

The yellow spot is a patagial tag (Used for identification) RUG and the bird looks like a White-headed Vulture, but I am no expert so best wait for someone who really knows!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:35 pm

Welcome to the forum RUG.

Do you have any more and clearer pictures?

AFAIK there are no vultures in WCNP. Jackal buzzards, black harriers yes and maybe African harrier hawks.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:49 pm

Ah well, I warned you RUG :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ross hawkins » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:29 pm

@rug Looks you have a Verreaux's Eagle, we'll possibly a youngster

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by RUG » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:37 pm

Salamanda, thank you for explaining the yellow bit!

Bush Baptist, I used full zoom on my camera (140 times!) so the other images I have are of the same quality. I've uploaded them in maximum resolution under this link:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:33 pm

I think also of a Verreaux's Eagle :wink:
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