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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:05 am

Furthermore to the Goshawk. The yellow eyering is also indicative of a Goshawk and a Black Sparrowhawk is extremely scarce for Kruger. In fact, I have only ever seen one in Kruger at Phabeni.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:10 am

Karin Mitton wrote:Please confirm the ID of the following 2 birds for me -
(Pilansberg)


This is a Wahlberg's Eagle
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This is a Steppe Buzzard
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:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:02 pm

Stunning pic Jesscan1 and nice ID WTM! :thumbs_up:
would this be a female due to the incomplete barring and colour?
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:08 pm

Elsa wrote:Stunning pic Jesscan1 and nice ID WTM! :thumbs_up:
would this be a female due to the incomplete barring and colour?


A super pic of a tough to photograph raptor!

Yes, I would agree with a female bird. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:15 pm

Thanks WTM! :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:30 pm

Thanks for the ID wildtuinman. Appreciated,

I guess that it just another good excuse to go to Kruger again to try and find the elusive Sparrow Hawk.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:17 am

wildtuinman wrote:I was thinking the same as Johan, but after sending the photo to a raptor expert he agrees with Tawny Eagle. :lol: :lol:


Oh my goodness! What a difficult raptor to ID! Thanks Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:51 am

hilda wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:I was thinking the same as Johan, but after sending the photo to a raptor expert he agrees with Tawny Eagle. :lol: :lol:


Oh my goodness! What a difficult raptor to ID! Thanks Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:


The head shape, bill, "baggy trousers" and overall GISS points to Tawny. Wahlberg's will have a more pointier head.
The bird is in heavy moult and the dark eye further explains that it is an immature bird.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:01 pm

Tdgraves wrote:Help please, this large raptor was seen in Kgalagadi in Jan 2015. Really struggling to decide what it is...

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Some confusion about this raptor.

I cannot see it being anything else but a Tawny Eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:10 pm

This is the best photo of this bird that I have. Not sure if anyone can hazard a guess what it is? Mountain Zebra NP Dec 2016.
Could it be a juvenile Booted eagle? A Booted eagle was spotted in the park 2 days before. The wings don't seem to be a 100% match though....... :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:27 pm

Quick glance, but it looks like a Cape Vulture to me.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:44 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Quick glance, but it looks like a Cape Vulture to me.


Cape Vulture makes much more sense! Thanks!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:26 am

Can anyone help me with this. I am thinking Lesser Spotted Eagle. Seen in the Red Rocks (Shingwedzi) area at end December 2016

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:47 pm

Spot on.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks very much wildtuinman :thumbs_up:
Happy with that one :D
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