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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:58 pm

Juvenile martial eagle

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Gregor » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:07 pm

Hello Rookie 2009,

3 and 4 juvenile martial eagle.
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Unread postby Rookie2009 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:23 pm

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:38 pm

Micetta wrote:Juvenile martial eagle


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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:58 pm

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby kitefarrago » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:15 pm

Once again some pictures taken in the southern half of Kruger NP in the first half of August this year.

The next bird was also identified as a brown snake eagle (in fact we seemed to see pretty much only these, tawny eagles and bateleurs of the larger raptors). Since then somebody on another forum has suggested it might be a martial eagle.

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(The little white spot appears to be a feather from another bird.)

The same bird again:

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I'd appreciate some more comments regarding what it is, and why that is the correct id. I'd like to learn from this if possible.

Many thanks for your help.

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Unread postby Barcud » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:24 pm

Hi again Kf,

This bird is a Martial Eagle as you mentioned. The large bill, crest and the barring on the secondary and tail feathers are all consistent for this species

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:53 am

I am not yet convinced that it is a Martial eagle though. The brown seems totally wrong to me. The martial has a much darker brown. The barring on the tail is consistent with a Brown snake eagle too. The martial is a huge bird, what can you tell us about the size of the bird?

Do you have any other photos, perhaps showing some of the front / legs? That would clear up any uncertainty.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby kitefarrago » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:33 pm

The picture of the possible martial eagle was taken with a long lens at a fairly great distance (the picture you see is a crop). I wouldn't trust myself to judge size based on that.

I'm afraid I don't have any pictures showing the birds in a different position, just these from behind, so the feet or breast of the bird remained hidden.

Thanks for everybody's comments so far. It's nice to learn more about this!

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:24 pm

Hi Kitefarrago

I agree with Imberbe that the barring of the tail may not be the best feature to identify the brown eagle on your pictures. However, the huge bill & skull, the crest and the uniformly brown coloration of the feathers on the head discriminates the martial eagle from other large yellow-eyed eagles.

Snake-eagles are also large-headed but they normally do not show a crest as the martial eagle on your picture does.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:33 pm

On the Phabeni road.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Kamadejo » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:43 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:On the Phabeni road.

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Looks like a juvenile Martial Eagle, but I'm not an expert MM. :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:44 pm

More Phabeni

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Barcud » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:38 pm

Hi MM,

Agree with Katja's ID :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:46 pm

Thank you Barcud. :thumbs_up:
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