I am calling it as a Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates). There is no white margin on the secondaries or a white rump which for me rules out Gabar Goshawk. The orange legs rules out a number of other accipiters. The darker tail also points towards the Dark Chanting Goshawk and rules out the Lizard Buzzard.
So, here we are again…
Sometimes the bird itself isn’t a difficult species to ID. It doesn’t have to be in non-breeding plumage, nondescript, tiny or a random vagrant for it to make things tough. Sometimes it’s the angle or the obstructed view or the distance that really complicates things. A Martial eagle sitting deep in the foliage of a Mahogany tree devouring a monitor lizard is going to present a rather obscure shape. We (I) totally mixed up a Yellow-billed kite with a Lesser Spotted eagle a couple of weeks ago; it was on the ground feeding on termites (I wish I could say it was behind some long grass and thick bushes, but it wasn’t. At least it was far away), and I was rather hasty in my assessment and didn’t take a few things into consideration.
Which brings us to today’s bird. There’s enough here to go on for an accurate ID, and those familiar with the area shouldn’t struggle; we just thought we’d put this picture out to show how birds aren’t always where you expect them, and location can play a major part in distracting you from an accurate identification.
Have a crack, tell us what you think, and as usual the answer will be revealed in this Friday’s TWIP.
The next one is going to be quite a bit tougher…
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You’re right; Pale CHantings are generally found in more arid areas further west.
Gonna have to wait until tomorrow for the answer…