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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Crested Barbet » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:12 pm

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:51 pm

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Unread post by nighthawk2 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:06 pm

I am having difficulty identifying this bird. You would think that the barred chest would make it easy, such as an African Hawk Eagle but the head colouring is not consistant. Immature pale form Honey Buzzard also comes to mind but not in my bird book.

Spotted 2 of these on the tar road just south of Nkulu in early September

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Toko » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:08 pm

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nighthawk2, here is the pic
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Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:11 pm

Instant gut feeling ... immature Fish eagle.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by nighthawk2 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:49 pm

Thanks Toko, I goofed up posting the picture.
Imberbe, photo was taken late afternoon so light was a problem. Sasol bird book of immature fish eagle shows barred neck, plus it was quite large. It doesn't seem to perch like a Fish Eagle either.
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Unread post by Dabchick » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:48 am

I agree with Imberbe - most likely an immature fish eagle.

It could be an osprey. Difficult to see from the photo. I have only ever seen an osprey once, and that was in flight. (Of course I've become seriously happy about immature fish eagles several times, thinking they were osprey's, only to realise after a bit that they were indeed fish eagles :| :lol: :lol: )

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Unread post by JoelR » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:18 am

nighthawk2 wrote:...It doesn't seem to perch like a Fish Eagle either.

...which is unacceptable, but it still is one. Probably 3rd or 4rth year. Note the dark eyes, yellow base to the bill, dark underparts and fat eagle-like body. :)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by nighthawk2 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:06 pm

Thanks Dabchick & JoelR.

The picture on the forum may not be all that clear. If interested, send me a PM & I can forward a larger version that you can zoom in on.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Imax » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:50 am

I found this bird at Olifants Camp in September, I never logged the sighting, so I dont know what my toughts of it were at that time.

I am pretty sure of the ID, and no doubt that it is a young bird, but a few things on this bird bothers me:
1. Pure white under wing coverlets
2. That very distinct black collar
3. The line over the eye towards the back of the head is very solid.

Lets see what you think?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Gregor » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:03 am

Imax,

My thoughts lean to palmnut vulture immature.

If seen in KNP this seems a very rare sighting!
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Niall » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:45 am

No such luck I'm afraid, it is an immature African Fish Eagle. The terminal black band on the underside of the tail is diagnostic.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Imax » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:13 pm

Thanks Niall and Gregor.

Niall, thanks for confirming. I have never seen one with such pronounced black band on the chest, but yes that terminal band also had me on fish eagle.

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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by sandeep » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:24 pm

I was at Lake Sibaya in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in March 2010 and I have never seen so many African Fish Eagles - I think they had over 20 nesting pairs. We stood at the edge of the lake and spotted a AFE in the distance and then it flew down onto the surface of the lake and stayed there for some seconds - like it was floating on the water. It then took off with a fish in its claws - my first and only experience of actually seeing a fish eagle fish :). It then flew and settled down on a bank close to where we were and of course I walked over to a position as close as possible without disturbing the eagle and its prey. We watched it feed on the fish till its mate flew over and it took off with the fish. Foll are a selection of some of the pics I took
I am not sure if it is appropriate to post Lake Sibaya pics here, and if it is not, my sincere apologies

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Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by Kamadejo » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:12 pm

Stunning pics Sandeep :clap: :clap: :clap: It must have been great to watch the Fish Eagle :lol:
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