Kgalagadi raptors

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6 years 2 months ago #56512 by peter sharland
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Hi Folks

Jenny and I traveled to the Northern Cape a few weeks ago, and spent 3 days in the Kgalagadi NP.
The first night we relaxed at Twee Rivieren, with the next two nights spent at Kalahari Tented camp.
The raptors were nothing short of spectacular; in this short time we saw a total of 19 raptor species,
which just confirms the reputation of Kgalgadi as the raptor capital of South Africa. <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

Here are some of the raptors that we managed to get close to: (apologies some some large image sizes)


Bataleur



Pygmy Falcon



Greater Kestrel

This Lanner Falcon was so intent on feeding, we were able to get within 5 metres










Martial Eagle



Pale Chanting Goshawk



Ovambo Sparrowhawk


Happy birding!

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6 years 2 months ago #56518 by Dewi Edwards
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Stunning photos Peter. I really like the Lanner ones.

Dewi

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6 years 2 months ago #56529 by Rusty Justy
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Peter, some great images and sightings :) Perhaps a slip of the finger - immature Gabar Goshawk for the last image?!

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6 years 2 months ago #56533 by wernher
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Fantastic photos Peter, thanks for posting!

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6 years 2 months ago #56539 by peter sharland
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Well spotted Justin! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

I looked at some of my other pics, and the vertical streaking on the breast is the clue.
Gabar Goshawk it is (unless anyone out there disagrees?)

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6 years 2 months ago #56565 by badger
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Also Gabar is the only one with a peg in the nostril,
Nice shots

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6 years 2 months ago #56573 by John Young
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Awesome album Peter - thanks for sharing.
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6 years 2 months ago #56575 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Kgalagadi raptors
Thanks, folks.

The comment by Badger regarding a "peg in the nostril" is an interesting one, as well as being a new one for me. (don't mind showing my ignorance here! <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> )

I couldn't find any reference to this being a diagnostic feature of the Gabar among look-alike raptors. So I Googled the phrase, and the web only came up with a North American raptor-watching website in which the phrase is mentioned with respect to a Peregrine Falcon. The "peg in the nostril' deflects the air away from the bird's nostril during a high-speed dive.

So I guess we are saying that the "peg" makes this a goshawk, rather than a sparrowhawk? <!-- s:scratchchin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scratchchin.gif" alt=":scratchchin:" title="Perplexed" /><!-- s:scratchchin: -->

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