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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Pjw » Wed May 20, 2009 5:39 pm

Thank you so much everyone for all the help and info for that ID :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed May 20, 2009 6:08 pm

Always here to try an help :lol: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:59 pm

Saw this juvenile at one of the waterholes on H1-8.

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Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread post by TheunsH » Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:51 am

Beautiful pictures of the Harrier Hawk everyone!! :clap: :clap:

We have spotted this one during July 2009 on the H7:

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Unread post by Timepilot » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:24 am

We were lucky enough on our first walk this year at BnD to see one of these overhead at a relatively low height. Unfortunately the eye was quicker than the camera and did'nt get a good pic. While we were watching the Gymnogene a black breasted snake eagle swung through the air at the same time so we considered ourselves doubly lucky :D
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Unread post by michel367 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:10 pm

We saw this one 3 weeks back in a tree getting a meal on the road from Orpen to Satara.
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Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:17 pm

:clap: Well captured michel367

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Unread post by Sprocky » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:57 pm

:clap: Nice Michel! :thumbs_up: Stop worrying about the Bateleur, I have a Gymnogene that comes to my garden very often and have not got a shot of it yet. :(

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Unread post by michel367 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:59 pm

Like with the doggies Sprock.
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Raptor ID please

Unread post by Tony T » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:40 pm

Could someone ID this raptor for me please. Its on the West Coast near WCNP.
Raptors observed in the area; Black Eagles, Black Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Jackal Buzzards, Lanner Falcons, Black Shouldered Kite, Rock Kestrels, in season Yellow Billed Kite and Steppe Buzzard.
The bird was in a shallow dive.
Excuse the photo quality.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:40 am

I don't see it matching any of the observed, looks like a form of Booted Eagle to me...........
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:12 am

I would agree. None of those mentioned.

BE are in the surrounds.
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Unread post by Johann » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:31 am

The clearly visible white shoulder patches points to Booted Eagle, distinguishes it from anything else.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by JOL » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:06 pm

Tony T wrote:Gentlemen thankyou - a Booted Eagle! I would never have guessed. BB I never new they were in the our area hence the reason I glossed over it in my Sasol Birds.
Here is another bird I took last year in the same area. Can you ID it too please?

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Hi Tony ,

Looks like a steppe buzzard to me.

I'm not so sure about your first photo though. Somehow it doesn't look like a booted eagle to me , but I'll try to take a closer look and get back to you on that.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:46 pm

Tony T,
Regarding your first pic. I've played around with the showed areas and this is the result.(hope you don't mind!)
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The underwing pattern of this bird doesn't look like typical Booted Eagle.
In my opinion the "landing lights" are white patches on the leading edge of the wing root, extending onto the shoulder and shouldn't be this visible from directly below. I think the light is playing tricks.

If we ignore the white "landing lights" this looks more like a Juv. African Harrier Hawk. It has a smallish head, long tail although we can't see barring on the tail, streaked rufous/brown underparts and the obvious barring on the underwings certainly fits in with AHH rather than BE, but I am not sure about their status in Western Cape? :huh:

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