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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 11:28   #1
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South African raptor

Any help appreciated with this raptor that none of the rangers could identify in Shamwari reserve, east of Port Elizabeth, S. Africa 2 weeks ago.
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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 11:46   #2
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Southern pale chanting Goshawk
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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 11:49   #3
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Booted Eagle pale morph
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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 11:54   #4
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There in a week so better have a go at this.

Would S P C Goshawk show such a black trailing band to the secondaries ?? And shouldn't it show some tail bars ?

My first thought was Amur Falcon but couldn't reconcile the pale body . . .

Time to get the Field Guide out and do some more revision . . .
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Booted Eagle pale morph
I agree.
Pale Chanting Goshawk has pale secondries
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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 12:12   #6
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Yes good point

Could be light morph of either booted or Hawk Eagle.

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Could be light morph of either booted or Hawk Eagle.
It really is a Booted Eagle. African Hawk Eagle does not have dark outer primaries (just the tip of the flight feathers are dark), and it has dark underwing coverts, not pale ones.

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Old Monday 3rd November 2014, 12:38   #8
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Definitely Booted Eagle (and not any other eagle).
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Wow! What a lot of variety. Valery, you sound sure about the Booted Eagle which I had narrowed it down to along with Martial. Is it definitely not the latter?
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Martial juvenile (adult completely different pattern) would have pale head, much, much wider wings especially the hand and, additionally, you can see on the photo the paler "window" in inner primaries, typical of Booted.
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