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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #23

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Is it a juvenile bateleur eagle?

Betty-Lou Luijken
Senior Digital Ranger

Maybe a snake eagle?

Wynn Derr

Wahlbergs Eagle?

Joanne Lofthouse
Digital Tracker

It’s definitely an juvi eagle.

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hello James!
I think it is a Buzzard, more exactly Common Steppe Buzzard.
It’s a beauty that’s for sure!

Rory Hudson

It’s got Booties, so it’s an Eagle. Primarie lighter than secondaries – going to Guess Lesser Spotted Eagle although it might be out of range

Wynn Derr

Second choice: brown snake eagle ???

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m guessing a brown snake eagle?

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger


Erik Sandstrom

Yellow Billed Kite

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, is it a Juvenile Bateleur Eagle?

Ana Komljenović
Senior Digital Ranger

Brown snake Eagle

Andrew Pike

Whalberg’s Eagle …
Not shaggy enough for tawny. Bateleur and Snake Eagles have unfeathered legs. Perhaps leggings not quite tight enough for Lesser spotted eagles.

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Patrick Smyth

I think it’s a tawny eagle, but my 2nd guess would be the juvenile Bateleur,

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

Yellow-billed kite?

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

For those of us in lockdown, “What Bird Is This?” is a good game …

Declan Porter

Lekker to have another bird ID challenge while we are in self isolation!
With the presence of feathers all the way down the legs to the talons, the snake-eagles can be ruled out. These leg feathers are also not ‘baggy’ and are tight fitting ruling out a Tawny Eagle and the Steppe Eagle. This leaves the Wahlberg’s Eagle and the Lesser Spotted Eagle which can be difficult to distinguish from each other. I’d say that it is a Lesser Spotted Eagle. There does not seem to be a crest and the bird looks more heavy set than slim although this is difficult to judge from a photo.

Callum Evans
Master Tracker

Juvenile Bateleur?

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