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Namibia- Raptor (1 Viewer)

Jacob12

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Namibia
Hi all,

Seen today in Windhoek.

I was able to get a half decent shot of this distant raptor soaring low today. I'd describe the flight as somewhat acrobatic, but that could be due to the breeze.

Perhaps a Common Buzzard or maybe a European Honey-Buzzard (not exactly the right shape though)--dark horse candidate would be a harrier.

It wasn't big like an eagle, initial impression was Black Kite (see also photo with nearby swift for scale).
 

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Andy Adcock

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Cyprus
Hi Andy, I'm not familiar with that common name. What is the scientific name of this sp?
I'm getting my continents in a muddle, I wonder if it is a Common / Stppe Buzzard but it looks small headed and small billed, a bit like Forest Buzzard but I'm freewheeling here with no books to hand.
 

Butty

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Wing-attitude indicates it's gliding rather than soaring. It's not a honey buzzard (tail-shape, head-shape), or harrier (lots of reasons), or black kite (tail-shape, underwing pattern). I think the dark-looking underwing-coverts are partly or wholly due to shadow. Not sure I'd quite rule out African hawk-eagle, but I think it's probably common buzzard.
Interesting swift in pic 2 (which doesn't give scale as one can't tell the relative distances). I guess it ought to be Bradfield's swift. Dunno. Who knows anything about big African swifts...
 

Muppit17

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Wing-attitude indicates it's gliding rather than soaring. It's not a honey buzzard (tail-shape, head-shape), or harrier (lots of reasons), or black kite (tail-shape, underwing pattern). I think the dark-looking underwing-coverts are partly or wholly due to shadow. Not sure I'd quite rule out African hawk-eagle, but I think it's probably common buzzard.
Interesting swift in pic 2 (which doesn't give scale as one can't tell the relative distances). I guess it ought to be Bradfield's swift. Dunno. Who knows anything about big African swifts...
Agree, it should be Bradfields based upon location, and that is what it looks like
 

Jacob12

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Namibia
Got better photos of presumably the same individual today. Definitely looks good for a Common Buzzard
 

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