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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear Birders,
Please take note that this topic is regularly “cleaned” by moving the posts of a specific bird that has been positively ID-ed to the specific bird topic for all to use when trying to ID their bird sightings, and also to read all the interesting discussions about the birds while ID-ing them.
Should it be impossible for anybody to give a positive ID for a bird for some reason or another, it will be taken out, because it serves no purpose.
Go to Index to Birds Index to Birds and find the topic of the bird you are looking for.
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by francoisd » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:03 am

Although many of them are large raptors can be tricky to identify especially the brown ones and the young ones. If you have a photo of a raptore which you battle to identify, this is the place to post it.

Remember only Raptors here. If you need a LBJ identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by normana53 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:15 pm

I just want to thank all of the forumites who post their photos of Raptors, and all of the experts and experienced birders who take the time to assist in the identification of these wonderful airborne predators. You have helped my SO and I to become better at identification, and have provided a lot of enjoyment during the major part of the year when we can't be in a South African paradise. Keep up the great work that you all do! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Micetta » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:08 pm

This is a great site for IDing birds!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bokmakieriekie » Mon May 09, 2011 9:12 pm

I recently attended a public lecture at the National Zoo, Boom Street, Pretoria, on this magnificent group of birds. The topic was 'Birds of Prey: their identification and behaviour' and the presenter was Ulrich Oberprieler. This lecture informed us on how to differentiate between the various species, how to get to know the specific groups, their habitat preferences and interesting behaviours. It was such an excellent lecture, well presented, outstanding photos, logical and systematic approach with a very good touch of humor. Not a moment of boredom. (An in-depth 3-day course is planned in June / July 2011)

The lecture was followed by a most enjoyable bring and braai, with them supplying fires, tables and chairs - for only R50.00 per person at the time - a fantastic outing in the middle of a city with the calls nocturnal animals and the sight of sleeping penguins around one. Highly recommended.
If you are not living in, or close to, Pretoria, take heart - buy Ulrich's raptor identification guide - The raptor guide of Southern Africa, Authors: Burger Cillie; Ulrich Oberprieler (and/or the Bird guide of Southern Africa by : B. Cillie and U. Oberprieler) available at leading bookstores or http://www.kalahari.net

For information on future lectures contact: Tel: 012 339 2700 / e-mail: info@nzg.ac.za,
or Rubeena Sampson on Tel: 012 339 2775 / e-mail: rubeena@nzg.ac.za.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:09 am

We saw three raptors interacting in Hluhluwe this September. The pics are a bit chaotic and I'm not sure that I can now see three different birds, but I can see two. I'm also not sure if all three are the same species. My take is that at least one and possibly two or three may be Wahlberg's Eagle?


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:44 am

The first 3 photos are that of Wahlberg's Eagle. Looks like the common buff-brown morph.

The last photo though I cannot really comment on, there is not enough to make a positive id. Any other photos perhaps?
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Unread post by salamanda » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:16 pm

Many thanks WTM. No, no more pics I'm afraid.

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:36 am

I would appreciate confirmation that this is a Wahlberg's eagle?
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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:32 pm

Can someone please help me with the ID of these two different birds (Not the same bird, as taken at different times). Both were taken near Lower Sabie at the end of September 2016. Are they Wahlberg Eagles or Tawny Eagles?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:43 pm

This is just my guess! Top one Wahlbergs, bottom one Tawny. ( Wahlbergs has a round nostril and the Tawny has a more elongated one.)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:38 am

Jesscan1 wrote:Can someone please help me with the ID of these two different birds (Not the same bird, as taken at different times). Both were taken near Lower Sabie at the end of September 2016. Are they Wahlberg Eagles or Tawny Eagles?

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The light eye, oval-shaped nostril, big bill and baggy tarsi all points to Tawny Eagles. I actually think it is the same bird even. Tawny Eagles are very territorial and it is known that they will occupy a territory for many years.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:40 am

Karin Mitton wrote:I would appreciate confirmation that this is a Wahlberg's eagle?
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Looks good for it.The tarsi is not as stove-pipe like as Lesser Spotted Eagle. When did you spot it, Karin?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:01 am

wildtuinman wrote:
Karin Mitton wrote:I would appreciate confirmation that this is a Wahlberg's eagle?
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Looks good for it.The tarsi is not as stove-pipe like as Lesser Spotted Eagle. When did you spot it, Karin?


I saw it on 27 September south of the Biyamiti loop

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:55 am

Nice!

Yip, my money will be on Wahlberg's.
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