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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by Leeukos » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:40 am

An African Fish-Eagle sitting in a tree at Lake Panic close to Skukuza.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:02 pm

Guys, I need your help. I don't recognize this raptor we saw in Augrabies. :? My closest guess is the Steppe Buzzard?

Our apologies for the quality of the photo's. At this stage we were in desperate trouble since DuQues' camera started giving Error 30 messages after we were SOAKED during a thunderstorm at the falls. It only cleared up after the camera dried out properly in the dry heat of Kgalagadi.

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I first though Jackal Buzzard but look at the tail in the first pic. The JB Juvenile doesn't have THAT prominent a band in the tail, does it?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:18 am

GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..

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Ex-Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by adrianp » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:01 pm

DotDan wrote:GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..


If I had to make a call (having no idea of size and Giss in flight), I would consider juvenile fish eagle?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:12 pm

You think Adrian? :hmz:


Could be, Immature Fish-Eagles do have a tail band..

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:42 pm

adrianp wrote:
DotDan wrote:GP, If I had to make a call, I would say this is an immature Jackal Buzzard moulting into its adult plumage. This is also probably the reason why it already has a tail band but still has a pale belly. You can see the black head and chest is coming along as well as the dark wings..


If I had to make a call (having no idea of size and Giss in flight), I would consider juvenile fish eagle?


This is an unedited photo of the same bird.
It was made at full 400mm zoom and still shows a pretty large bird. I had a look at the Fish-eagle too and notice 2 things - our bird had a very bulky bill for a buzzard and have a look at the white windows on the wings in this photo. I guess it could be?

But anyway, no new tick so not the end of the world if it's unsure which one it was. :lol:

Thanks for trying anyway!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:52 pm

GP, that photo shows the Giss of a Immature Fish-Eagle perfectly.. The molted underparts, broad wings, bulky head.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:15 pm

:thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by adrianp » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:50 am

I thought there was something fishy with the initial ID :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:52 am

:lol: Thanks adrianp.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:55 am

:lol: @ Adrian

Ja hell, I really misjudged that Fishy bird ..

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:01 am

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:09 am

:evil:

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Re: Osprey

Unread post by bondm » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:38 pm

Hi All,

This photograph was taken from the S36 along the Bume river bed in early December last year. I didn't know the ID of the bird at the time and it was only when I got home and went through my images that I thought it might be an Osprey.
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Could you confirm this or tell what it is. Sorry for the poor quality as it was mid-morning and hot and sunny. It was also at quite a distance and I had to enlarge it quite a bit.

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Re: Osprey

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:41 pm

Sorry bondm, it's a juvenile fish eagle.

Looks like it has been fishing......
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