Large raptor:any eagle?

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86365 by michelhp
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Hello everybody.
After one year I visited South Africa, I have some unidentified bird... <!-- s:shocking: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/shocking.gif" alt=":shocking:" title="Shocking" /><!-- s:shocking: -->

Krüger Park
In these photos there is a large raptor, large as a White-backed Vulture (see pict #1), so I'm thinking it could be a Steppe Eagle...
(I think it is too large for tawny eagle, isn't it? vulture up, mystery raptor below)
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But pictures are not so good (bad!) and it was September (2012), so it was a little early for Steppe Eagle (???).

The bird seems to have a broken leg

thank you!!!
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4 years 1 week ago #86367 by gordon
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Hi Maudoc,

Difficult to say for sure from the photo's

To me it looks like it could be either a Steppe (if it's plain and dark) or if it was streaked all over then it could also have been a Tawny Eagle. There is a variation of the Tawny that appears dark but is actually streaked.

There is some overlap in size so you would have to be careful there.

Hope that helps?

Cheers,
Gordon

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4 years 1 week ago #86368 by michelhp
michelhp replied the topic: Re: Large raptor:any eagle?
Thank you Gordon.
This bird was very large, same size of a white-backed vulture, I don't know if it's possible for a tawny eagle
Perhaps tho bird has longer wings than a tawny
On the right a tawny in these days, on the left this bird

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4 years 1 week ago #86369 by gordon
gordon replied the topic: Re: Large raptor:any eagle?
Hi maudoc,

The largest size of Tawny overlaps with the smaller size of Steppe but from your description a Steppe is a very good candidate.

September is on the early side but again no reason why it would be impossible for a Steppe to show up a little early.

Do you remember if the bird was heavily streaked or not? (have a look at the version of Tawny that appears to be dark but is actually very heavily streaked dark... in other words it is lighter but with dark streaking)

If not then the most likely candidate that is so dark and that size is Steppe.

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Gordon

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