Skip to Content

Buzzard: European Honey

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
cfraser
Posts: 32
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:11 pm

Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by cfraser » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:11 pm

cfraser wrote:Hi Guys

I have a couple tester's for you:

DIFFICULT AND WE NOT SURE? - Seems like possibly a European Honey Buzzard from the google pics I've looked at

Image
_C6F0189 by fraserc86, on Flickr

Taken in Kruger - January 2013

cfraser
Posts: 32
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:11 pm

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by cfraser » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:56 pm

Another angle (sort of) on #3

Image
_C6F0190 by fraserc86, on Flickr

What about a Juvenile Shikra or Juvenile Little Sparrowhawk for #4?

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6755
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:35 pm

#3 looks like it has 'hairy' legs.

How about juvenile lesser spotted eagle?
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

MattAxel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 292
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:37 pm
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:05 pm

Thanks for the additional shot of #3 cfraser :thumbs_up:
Now I'm almost certain that my first impression of Euro Honey Buzzard was correct.

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4707
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:58 am

#3 Is definitely a Honey-Buzzard! What a sighting!
675
Latest Lifer(s): Burchell's Courser, Cory's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, Great Winged Petrel, Grey Waxbill, Cape Rock-jumper

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

naomi c
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2266
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Location: Centurion

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by naomi c » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:45 pm

Before I get all excited please confirm the ID of this bird.

Image

Image

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4707
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:55 pm

Honey-Buzzard! Well done. :thumbs_up:
675
Latest Lifer(s): Burchell's Courser, Cory's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, Great Winged Petrel, Grey Waxbill, Cape Rock-jumper

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2329
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:15 pm

WOW!

That is a great find! :thumbs_up:
685 2016 lifers: Spotted crake, Lesser jacana, Burchell's courser, Double-banded courser, Rufous-tailed scrub robin, House crow, Manx shearwater, Antarctic prion, Northern giant petrel, Northern royal albatross

naomi c
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2266
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Location: Centurion

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by naomi c » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:42 pm

Thanks WTM and JVR! :thumbs_up:

Awesome to get a lifer in your own backyard! :dance: :dance: Our resident pair of Hadeda's gave it's presence away. I am sure it was around again yesterday afternoon for they were once more totally hysterical but I could not find it again. :D

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2015)
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 14226
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:49 pm

Wonderful naomi c! And beautifully captured too! :clap: :clap:
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right." - Nelson Mandela

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6473
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:57 pm

wow nice one :dance: :clap:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

back home...

maretam
Posts: 35
Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by maretam » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:37 am

Seen at Ndumo GR over December. Steppe Buzzard or Honey Buzzard? We saw hundreds of Steppe Buzzard in Northern Natal over December but this ones posture just seemed a bit different so this left us a bit unsure.

It was sitting in a very dense forest area and this is the only pictures I could get of it.


Image
Image

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2329
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:45 am

WOW!

Good for honey buzzard. :thumbs_up:
685 2016 lifers: Spotted crake, Lesser jacana, Burchell's courser, Double-banded courser, Rufous-tailed scrub robin, House crow, Manx shearwater, Antarctic prion, Northern giant petrel, Northern royal albatross

maretam
Posts: 35
Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by maretam » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:39 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:WOW!

Good for honey buzzard. :thumbs_up:



O yeah! :dance: :dance: :dance:

We've seen it once before but only in flight and only for a few moments...this was last year on the KNP Birding Weekend so was confirmed and identified by one of the guides.

So this is fantastic! We thought it might be but did not want to get too excited.

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6473
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:31 pm

Honey Buzzard :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I've got some here too in summer, european summer :wink:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

back home...


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by JOZO at 12:48:02
orpen
Submitted by JOZO at 13:14:01
satara
Submitted by Mrs. S.K.L.Gauntlett at 16:31:05
nossob
Submitted by Mrs. S.K.L.Gauntlett at 14:59:28