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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:53 pm

Tx for the comment

Wonderful sighting and image :clap: ....hope you also got a image of him steeling the lunch :)

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread post by granjan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:56 pm

I was quite surprised when I reviewed this pic taken in April to see that this eagle was blind in the right eye.
Despite this, it appears to have a full crop!

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Re: Eagle, Tawny

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:08 pm

Great image and rare sighting with the eye......may be had a fight with a Bateleur...

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by WackoRhino » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:33 am

Dear experts,

I have posted my trip report about KTP http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=64645
and there is still one raptor that has no ID

Thanks for helpin' :D

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:17 pm

I will go for Pale form Tawny Eagle...

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:13 pm

A couple Eagles from June 2011. Fighting over food in the fields near the Tihongonyeni waterhole (Mopani area).

First one I think is Tawny Eagle, but quite a few look very similar. What should one look for positive ID ?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:15 pm

For the second one (the victim of the food robbery) I have little idea. Guess an Juvenile Eagle of some sort. Also Tawny???

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Again many thanks in advance for any help, Michael

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:42 pm

Hi Michael

I would first like to say that both are Tawny Eagles and I think you are correct in saying the latter is a juvenile.

Brown Eagles can sometimes be very difficult to ID as you get numerous ones that can be in the same habitat.

One thing I have learnt over the years, is that by way of elimination, one can get to a possitive ID much easier than paging through the hordes of Brown Raptors in your field guide.

What I would do here is the following. You look at what eagles can be confused with a Tawny and you will see Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Wahlberg's Eagle. The quickest way to eliminate all three, are by looking at which birds are migrants. All three are summer migrants, and in June, the only real brown Eagle to occupy Kruger will be a Tawny.

This is not to say this is the best way to ID, but it makes it easier.. Same can be done with Habitat, range etc.


There are a multitude of ID feautures but I thought I would share the above tip as it really helped me a lot.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Great Dane » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:12 pm

DotDan wrote:There are a multitude of ID feautures but I thought I would share the above tip as it really helped me a lot.

Thanks DD for confirmation. And will surely keep the tip in mind, although I guess need to see more birds out there to be confident in ID-ing.

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Great Dane » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:01 pm

A 'few' from southern KTP early March 12. At least I know the Martial Eagle which we saw a lot (incl Juveniles), but these brown ones :doh:

3) different bird seems like Tawny Eagle but happy to be corrected.
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6) Another Tawny Eagle or is it :roll: Was sitting on the grass next to the road near sunset together with the below.
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7) Lost again but as mentioned above together with #6
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A lot I know but hope someone in the know has a bit of time on their hands. Many thanks for any help.

Michael

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by adrianp » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:01 pm

You are correct with the tawny eagles.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Great Dane » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:22 pm

Thanks Adrian, much appreciated :D

Regards, Michael

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Ferdelance » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:45 pm

Good Evening Great Dane.

Here's my 2 cents worth towards your Raptors:

3. Tawny Eagle. I think this is straight forward.

6. In the brown Eagle complex one can generally I.D the tawny's by a streaked neck, head and breast. I must say I've only seen this so pronounced once and that was the KNP. Nice one. The only difference to 7 is probably that 7 is a sub adult bird. I wanted to make it a Juv Verraux Eagle but that is dreaming a bit...... :wall:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by barryels » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:02 am

We were in KNP on the 8th of September 2012 and was driving along the H3 from Malelane at about 10:00 when we saw this raptor. I most probably ID it incorrect as a Wahlberg's Eagle and would like a positive ID from our experts if possible.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by adrianp » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:32 am

It looks like a female tawny eagle to me.


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