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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:19 pm

@wildtuinman.

AndyM says "Here is the shot of the Raptor spotted at Pretoria Botanical Garden this morning by Aiden.

The bird was at "boeing airplane" height.

I extracted as much as possible from the image. The barring on the chest is not visible, but the under-wing pattern maybe diagnostic".

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:56 am

Jesscan1 wrote:@wildtuinman.

AndyM says "Here is the shot of the Raptor spotted at Pretoria Botanical Garden this morning by Aiden.

The bird was at "boeing airplane" height.

I extracted as much as possible from the image. The barring on the chest is not visible, but the under-wing pattern maybe diagnostic".

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Thanks for this! Your pic is a little better than mine!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:25 am

Thanks jesscan! Yeah still looks like an Ovambo to me
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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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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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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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

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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