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Identification Help - Raptors

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:15 am

pnm wrote:After a longish break form being active on the Forum I am now retired (for the second time) and back. I met Dinky Bird at Punda Maria on my February month long trip to KNP. Now on this trip near Orpen I came across this eagle feeding in the road. It took off and as I am in the process of learning to use a DSLR again after a break of nearly 30 years please forgive shakiness. Ordinarily I would say Tawny, but those very long thin legging say Lesser Spotted Eagle. Or are the legging so thin because it is in flight. I have never before seen a Lesser Spotted. Can one of the boffins please help. Please note that I never simply ask for an ID. I always try my best to do it myself as this is half the fun!


From the 2nd photo I would say Tawny

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Unread post by Garyd73 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:10 pm

I have about 6 photos from my collection I cannot identify at the moment if anyone is able to help with please. I will jsut put 2 here for now, they were both spotted between P'Kop and Olifants in September 2014.

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KNP - Sept 2013 - 5 Days
KNP - Sept 2014 - 7 Days
KNP - April 2015 - 7 Days
KNP - October 2015 - 10 Days
KNP - May 2016 - 10 Days

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Garyd73 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:12 pm

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KNP - Sept 2013 - 5 Days
KNP - Sept 2014 - 7 Days
KNP - April 2015 - 7 Days
KNP - October 2015 - 10 Days
KNP - May 2016 - 10 Days

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:26 am

Garyd73 wrote:2.
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This looks like a Tawny eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:42 am

Hi Gary

I agree with Karin on the Tawny Eagle ID.

With your first photo. It is a Goshawk, but which one? :)

This is a good photo to show the difference between the two that can be confused IE Dark Chanting Goshawk and Gabar Goshawk.

There is a big size difference between the two, but on photos that is difficult to judge.

So, to demonstrate a quick way to separate the two species in the field, here is a photo of a Gabar Goshawk:

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Notice the pale, white rump.

Here is your photo:
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Notice the rump is barred all the way down.

Anyway, thought I would share that little info with everybody. It is a quick way to ID these guys in the field if you are not too familiar with their size differences. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Garyd73 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:37 pm

Thanks Karen I do struggle with the brown Eagles as so many look the same to me. :thumbs_up:

DotDan that is an amazing bit of information thank you, I certainly couldn't tell the difference but that has given me something got keep an eye out for going forward thank you. :clap: :clap:
KNP - Sept 2013 - 5 Days
KNP - Sept 2014 - 7 Days
KNP - April 2015 - 7 Days
KNP - October 2015 - 10 Days
KNP - May 2016 - 10 Days


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