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Eagle: Wahlberg's

Unread post by Katja » Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:59 pm

I have asked a few people about this bird and got many different replies. :?
Would love to hear some more opinions. :)

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Unread post by francoisd » Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:02 am

Katja,

I'v eposted the picture to some of the expert birders in SA and they all seem to agree that the bird in your photo is a Wahlberg's Eagle.

I include the comments of Trevor Hardarker one of SA's top birders below:

Hi Francois,

Not sure why your friend received all these different answers.

I suppose one needs to approach this in a logical way. Firstly, habitat - this is clearly bushveld and not forest, so Crowned Eagle is not really an option, besides which it is a BIG bird.

Then, on to size. This is clearly a compact, smallish raptor. Tawny and Steppe Eagles are large, powerful eagles. This bird has a small bill and smallish talons. It cannot be a Tawny or Steppe just on size.

The only compact eagle with this colouration and the indication of a crest is Wahlberg's Eagle.

As to the age of this bird, it is very difficult to say from this photo, but current knowledge suggests that there is no difference in plumage characters based on the age of this particular species.

Hope this helps.

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Unread post by richardharris » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:17 am

Well here is another one from my recent trip! Any ideas?

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Thanks for the help.

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Unread post by deefstes » Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:38 am

Wahlberg's Eagle. The slight crest is a good pointer but the overall impression ofthe head and bill being rather small identifies it as such.

Aquila eagles are not easy but one soon develops an appreciation for the smaller size and less robust built Wahlberg's Eagle. Just keep at it.
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Unread post by Kwando » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:29 pm

Hi All,

Please confirm for me... Both seen surrounding Shingwedzi.

Wahlberg's Eagle?
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And Tawny Eagle??
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:25 pm

Hi, Kwando! It's been a while!

I think all the pix are of Wahlberg's. Dark eye colour, narrow tail and chest, "dainty" beak, all point to the same ID.
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Unread post by j-ms » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:44 am

deefstes wrote:If it wasn't taken in KTP I would have immediately thought it was a pale phase Wahlberg's Eagle but I guess Booted Eagle is probably the closest other match.

I had always understood that Wahlbergs did occur in KTP and have gone so far as to file this bird below as a Wahlbergs (taken at Jan se Draai IIRC). Is it actually a Booted ?
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Unread post by deefstes » Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:18 pm

OK, I'm confused :?

Could someone confirm perhaps what the status of Wahlberg's Eagle in Kgalagadi is? I've still never visited KTP so I can't speak from experience but it's not a bird that I associate with the northern Cape.

Your bird does indeed look like a Wahlberg's Eagle to me. So does this mean that they do occur in KTP?

Where's TG? I'm sure he'd know more about this.
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Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:56 am

Can anyone please help me with a positive ID, seen in Feb in the South of Kruger.
? Wahlberg's.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:27 am

Gape extends to the middle of the eye.

Excludes:
Steppe Eagle
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Great Spotted Eagle

Includes:
Tawny
Wahlberg's

Nostril shape:
Roundish.

Excludes:
Tawny.

I would say yes. Wahlberg's.

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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:09 pm

mmm :redface: I have another raptor to ID

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maybe wahlberg's eagle with juvenile. It seems to me the one on the left side gave something to eat to the other... It was near Berg-en-Dale the 7.3.08 in the evening.
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Wahlberg's eagle

Unread post by Pieter Steyn » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:41 pm

Please help to I.D this Bird

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:03 pm

4. Pale morph of Wahlberg's eagle. The gape extends to below the middle of the eye and the nostril is smallish and roundish.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:34 pm

Definitely pale form wahlbergs. I suppose you could only confuse it with the pale form booted eagle. But in this case there is white on the head, which is of a distinct shape and lacks the brown rufous colouring. These two can easily get mixed up when id'ing them in flight.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wingman » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:50 pm

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