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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:48 am

Can't believe the clarity of this picture at that height Andy M! Brilliant picture! :clap: :clap:

Stunning ID of this raptor Wildtuinman! Only an expert is able to do this! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:36 pm

Yup, still Ovambo!!

Ask Andy to post the Honey-Buzzard photos :)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:57 pm

The Honey Buzzard was a gazillion miles away!

The 1st pic is as shot with a very long lens.

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The 2nd pic is the cropped and edited pic.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:41 am

:lol: :lol:

Yes, that bird did everything in its power not to be id'ed. :sniper:
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Unread post by hilda » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:29 pm

.... but he didn't get away! Awesome! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by arks » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:10 am

This one has me puzzled :hmz: because altho it's most likely a steppe buzzard, it was first, quite early for them (11 October) and second, I didn't see any others until mid-November (in Darling) and far fewer than I've seen in past years -- perhaps due to the drought. But I still don't know what else it might be :wall:

I saw this bird along the road that climbs up the side of Lion's Head from Camps Bay in Cape Town, in a heavily wooded area, which was a bit odd, since I usually see steppe buzzards out in the open, most usually atop telephone poles. Along the 1.3km of road from Waylands farm in Darling to the T-junction en route into the dorp, I often see three or four steppe buzzards, usuall a different bird on every 3rd or 4th telephone pole. So this wooded area seemed an unlikely location for a steppe buzzard? Very puzzling!

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The only other possibility, I think, would be yellowbilled kite?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:37 am

Looks good for Common Buzzard

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Unread post by arks » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:11 pm

I don't have any listing for 'common buzzard' in my Robert's Bird Guide ... is it a (possibly relatively new) migrant? :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:14 pm

New name for Steppe Buzzard :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by arks » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:05 am

Thanks for clarifying, DD :gflower: Can't keep up with these name changes :wall: :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Hi everyone

I'm a bit confused about these two. Please advise

How do I tell the difference between a Tawny and a lesser spotted eagle. Is this a Tawny?
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And this one confuse me. It looks like a hooded vulture but his face is black???
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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:24 pm

Yes it is a Tawny.

Some factors you can see here is the robust bill, the variation in colour all over whereas LSE is a more uniform colour

Example of a Tawny like yours.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:30 pm

Here is a Lesser Spotted Eagle (which I have to add, I did ID wrong at the time thinking it might be a Wahlberg's. :roll: )

Seeing as we get most of the juveniles in our region this is more what you can expect to see in a Lesser Spotted Eagle. Note the much weaker bill compared to Tawny
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They are more uniform brown, with the white spots visible (this shouldn't be used as an ID feature on all LSE's though because you will get some adults in our region and that will throw you way off. Then it is best to look for the stove pipe leggings, eye colour, nostril shape etc.)

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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:33 pm

Also for interest sake, take a look at the nostril shape of your Tawny and notice how it is more a long ovalish shape where the LSE has smaller circle like nostril.

Difficult to see this in the field, but nice to look for when you are going through photos.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:49 pm

Thanks so much Dotdan :gflower:

I will also look at the nostrils now.

I think this one is a Wahlberg's but now I'm wondering if I'm correct???
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