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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby okie » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:00 pm

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:22 pm

Thanks, BB and okie, for confirming my steppe buzzard :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:48 pm

Please can you help with the ID of this raptor seen in Kruger in Feb this year.
I have it tentatively as a Steppe Buzzard but really not sure?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:20 am

You may change the tentative to positive, Elsa
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:16 am

Yay! :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:55 am

I'd first thought that this might be a very pale morph steppe buzzard, but now, particularly because of the rufous and barred tail, I'm not so sure :hmz: Seen along the R27 between Yzerfontein and WCNP on 3 January 2013.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Birgitta » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:05 pm

Also in 2008 I took photos of 2 unidentified raptors during our November visit to Pilanesberg. These are the only photos I’ve got and they are not very good.

The first one seems like a Forrest Buzzard but I do not think it is common in Pilanesberg.

The second one is completely unknown to me.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:35 am

Steppe Buzzards :thumbs_up:

Forest Buzzard prefers forest habitat.

Photo 2 actually is the one that is the easier ID as you can see the distinct barring on the underparts.

The biggest thing that seperates Steppe from Forest is that Forest has blotch markings on the underparts as apposed to barring like you can see in photo 2 of the Steppe.

Photo 1 might be confusing, but you can see slight barring. Steppe Buzzards have variable plumage which can range from dark heavy barring (Photo 2) to little barring and even whitish underparts (photo 1)

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Birgitta » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:15 pm

Thank you DotDan,

I did not think photo 2 was a buzzard at all from that the posture.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:19 pm

With all the interesting discussion of Birgitta's buzzards, did mine get overlooked? :hmz:
arks wrote:I'd first thought that this might be a very pale morph steppe buzzard, but now, particularly because of the rufous and barred tail, I'm not so sure :hmz: Seen along the R27 between Yzerfontein and WCNP on 3 January 2013.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:55 pm

Hi arks,

I'd go for Steppe buzzard - rufous morph.

Forest buzzard and Jackal buzzard can also have a tail that looks like that, but dark eye = adult, so the back is too light to be a Jackal buzzard, and the habitat - perched out in the open on a pole, makes it probably not a forest buzzard... :lol:

(Not that I know all that much about buzzards :lol: :lol: ... just my guesses :lol: )

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:50 am

Thanks, dabchick! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:32 pm

Been out of the bird watching scene for a while now (if you can call 15 years a while). Great to be back again I must say. Nevertheless, need to verify one or two little buggers if possible please.

Brown Snake Eagle?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:21 pm

Here's my go!

juvenile gabar goshawk
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:39 pm

The "brown snake eagle" is more likely to be one of the buzzards, possibly a juvenile Jackal Buzzard. When and where did you see it?


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