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Kenya - nr Maasai Mara National Park (1 Viewer)

jezzialli

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This forum has been incredibly helpful so far during my labeling of some photos I took in Kenya last year, so I'm hopeful it can be just as helpful once again with a new set of photos that have stumped me.

This time the photos were taken in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, next to Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, again in October 2019.

Can anyone help me to identify the species of birds in any of these photos please? I'm particularly struggling with identifying different species of vulture.

I've numbered the photos at the top-left, in case that helps in referencing them. I hope you don't mind me asking this forum about so many of them.

Thanks in advance for your help once again - it's very much appreciated.
 

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James Lowther

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1&2 most of your vultures are white-backed with the black eyes and beaks.
You also have in 1) a hooded vulture (small with a pink head), in 2) you have a couple of lappet-faced (gigantic with a pink head) and a few ruppell’s (scalloped plumage and light beaks and eyes if you can see them
3) is white backed
4) is an eagle, these are difficult but I would guess steppe, hopefully someone can confirm
5) white bellied bustard
6) red necked spurfowl
7) woolly necked stork
8) African spoonbill
9) steppe? Eagle

Cheers
James
 

tconzemi

Tom
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Europe
1&2 most of your vultures are white-backed with the black eyes and beaks.
You also have in 1) a hooded vulture (small with a pink head), in 2) you have a couple of lappet-faced (gigantic with a pink head) and a few ruppell’s (scalloped plumage and light beaks and eyes if you can see them
3) is white backed
4) is an eagle, these are difficult but I would guess steppe, hopefully someone can confirm
5) white bellied bustard
6) red necked spurfowl
7) woolly necked stork
8) African spoonbill
9) steppe? Eagle

Cheers
James

Agreed but 4 is a juvenile Bateleur, 9 is difficult I think Tawny
 

jezzialli

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Just to follow up on the above, I have three further photos of eagles (I think) which are of fairly low quality. If anyone can identify any of these birds then it would be much appreciated by me.

In particular, photo (a) was taken one minute before the earlier photo in this thread which has helpfully been identified as a juvenile bateleur, so I do wonder if (a) is the same bird. Any comments on this would be welcome.

I'm not a bird expert, but I get the impression from comments received on this forum that it's quite difficult to distinguish between some species of eagle, so I completely appreciate that it may not be possible to provide any identifications with certainty based on my photos.

Thanks again for your help.
 

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PW23

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Agree with James (with Tom’s mark up) above but 8) looks like a Yellow-billed stork rather than a spoonbill (eye position, bill colour, nostrils)
 

jezzialli

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I have one further photo for identification that I took from inside our tent in camp. Can anyone identify this bird for me please? Thanks again for your help.
 

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MacNara

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A Steppe Eagle
B&C just guessing Hooded Vulture for B and Wahlberg’s Eagle for C

You can also get better photos with a little adjustment for these. I'm not sure if it helps with b, but I think it might with c.
 

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