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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ice » Thu May 21, 2009 11:33 am

More from me (as filmed in KNP)

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tawny?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu May 21, 2009 12:35 pm

ice - I agree, juv. pale form tawny.

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu May 21, 2009 1:08 pm

Agreed :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ice » Thu May 21, 2009 3:30 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Agreed :thumbs_up:


looks like I'm getting better at it - good teachers that I have :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 22, 2009 11:33 am

Sorry for the poor quality. We did not see many raptors on Kruger trip 3 weeks ago.

I am almost sure this is a tawny, am i right?

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Do you get the booted eagle in Kruger.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johann » Fri May 22, 2009 4:33 pm

The most probable answer would be a Tawny Eagle.
The colouration on your bird ain't bad for Booted, but then both Tawny and Booted come in various morphs.
I'm not sure that I can see the white shoulder patches of the Booted Eagle. Sitting in this position we should be able to see some of it I think.
What size was it BB? Booted is about the size of Pale Chanting Goshawk and Tawny quite a bit bigger.
Maybe someone with a bit more Booted experience would be able to help out.

And yes, you do get Booted in KNP. Saw a very nice specimen (circling just above the tree line, wing pattern making the id quite easy) in January near Klopperfontein dam in the north. They are summer and early autumn visitors to the north and east of the park.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Fri May 22, 2009 4:54 pm

Looks like Tawny to me.....
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 22, 2009 5:27 pm

Sorry to cause confusion Johann. I know this is not a booted. I thought it might be a Steppe or lesser spotted.

The 'booted' question is for a squat eagle I saw near Letaba. It looked a juvenile with a 'squashed up' face, but before I could snap it, it flew off. It had feg feathers.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johann » Sat May 23, 2009 10:27 am

Bush Baptist wrote:Sorry to cause confusion Johann. I know this is not a booted. I thought it might be a Steppe or lesser spotted.


No worries BB it's actually your bird that had me confused. It looks just like 1 of Ken Newman's Booted sketches in his Birds of Kruger guide except for 1 or 2 missing things Don't think Steppe or Lesser-spotted would've still been around during your visit though
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ice » Tue May 26, 2009 9:20 pm

steppe eagle? (sunset drive, KNP, early May)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed May 27, 2009 1:16 am

Tawny??"
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed May 27, 2009 7:05 am

Tawny
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by ice » Wed May 27, 2009 8:19 am

I thought so, too but the driver / guide on our game drive (Lower Sabie) was pretty sure that it's a steppe - any further explanation why she is wrong?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed May 27, 2009 10:07 am

Ice: I agree with Tawny. In Steppe the tail is always barred, this bird's tail has no markings like with Tawny. The gape of this bird looks like it extends just to the middle of the eye, with Steppe it can extends behind the middle of the eye or beyond the eye depending on what race your looking at. Steppe is also a Summer migrant - May could be to late to see them still this south in Africa?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed May 27, 2009 11:55 am

Lizets said it :lol: The colouration also doesnt seem to add up with any form of Steppe Eagle.
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