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Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax

Habitat:

Botswana, near Chobe River

2 Species ID Suggestions

RachaelB
RachaelB 8 years ago
Bateleur eagle (immature)
Terathopius ecaudatus Bateleur
bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle Tawny Eagle


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24 Comments

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

that's a pleasure Isabella, I just thought the Wahlberg deserve a mention. ;)
doubt it is a Bateleur, this is my spot of Bateleur male and female:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/129...

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Thank you Smith's Zoo for the explanation,
it is a pity that I only have 1 photo of this beautiful bird.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Yes, this might be a close call. And Tawny might just be the one!
The shape of the nostrils is different between this species and Tawny Eagle; Tawny Eagle has nostrils on a diagonal that is almost vertical, while Wahlberg's Eagle has nostrils almost horizontal.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi Smith'sZoo,
thank you, this was also my first thought, but had strong doubts so I followed the 3 people who thought it's the Tawny Eagle ;-)

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

hi all, this might also be a Wahlberg's Eagle.
http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/archive/i...

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Thanks a lot everyone !!

After studying more pictures I have given a 3rd + for Tawny Eagle.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Aha, Daniele was the one with the 2nd "+". Would be funny to have a Swiss ID for a Botswana bird. However, I trust more Daniele's faible for birds than mine...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

I seconded Tawny eagle at the time bayucca.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Yes indeed !!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Still no ID??? Come on, folks, we need help!!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

aargggh,
now I'm completely lost the north, I am totally dependent on your knowledge, therefor I am still in its infancy .... ;))

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

My 10 cents worth: Possibly a Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina)

Just had a look at my pic of a young Bateleur, in the company of adults on a dead tree, and the wings and body are much paler, legs and feet are pinkish, and the black tip on the bill is very indistinct. That rules it out for me. My pic is not available at the moment, it is amongst the hundreds I have pending for addition to PN in the future.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi SFShep,
Thanks for the explanation ;-))
I spotted him in Chobe National park not far from Chobe River the call it The Serondela area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chobe_Natio...

Steven Sheppard
Steven Sheppard 8 years ago

A black or dark morph is an animal that is darker than others of its species. Hey, I have a question about this bird no matter the species: what kind of habitat was this found in. It reminds me of the golden eagles we have here in the United States and wondered if they had a similar ecological niche.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi Daniele,

I don't unstand black morph ? sorry ;-(

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Dark morph and shot into the dark ;-)...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

The Tawny Eagle is a reasonable contender as it can come in an adult black morph.

RachaelB
RachaelB 8 years ago

My suggestion is also a guess (after Liam ID'ed a pic of mine http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/934...) The wiki page does have a picture at the bottom of 2 immature bateleurs from Botswana...

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

Beautiful eagle regardless of what kind it is.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Bayucca thanks again, but i'm still doubting, this one is I think much darker than the Tawny eagle, maybe the season can have influence on the color ? it was wintertime in Botswana.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Again, please, verify or probably Liam would know the ID. My guess was just a shot into the dark ;-)...

IsabellaFiers
Spotted by
IsabellaFiers

Botswana

Spotted on Jul 27, 2009
Submitted on Jun 16, 2012

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