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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? #25

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Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

I think it is a Peregrine Falcon?? Hobby is a lot darker & will have left by now maybe?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

If I look at the wing tips, can it be a vulture?

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, some kind of hawk?

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, Maybe Tawny Hawk

Lynn Hurry

Black Harrier

Declan Porter

This is a Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis). The brown upper, white underwing coverts with the secondaries having few black bars are diagnostic and separate it from a Martial Eagle

Wynn Derr

Beaudouins Snake Eagle

Tom Wadsworth

Tawny Eagle or Martial Eagle

Ana Komljenović
Senior Digital Ranger

Great Horned Owl

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Is it an African Fish Eagle, James?

My guess would be an African Barred owlet as the size and color looks good and it is easily confused with the Pearl Spotted Owlet!! A wild guess though😂

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Is it a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl?

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

No idea , but the wing shape and position are beautiful!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Possibly a Motagu’s or Pallid harrier, or an African hawk eagle.

I’m thinking juvenile goshawk?

Ian Maclarty
Guest contributor

Hi James,
Lockdown is making you mean! I am guessing that your two options are Lizard Buzzard and Gabar Goshawk, though size is not easily judged in the pic. The white rump is common to both but the distinctive feature is the white broad leading edge to the under wing with dotted thin stripes at the trailing edge which for me makes it a Lizard Buzzard. Also you described the bird as having been perched atop a tree, which again makes the LB more likely.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

After looking at many bird photos, many not illustrating wing spread, I’m guessing it’s an Eagle- perhaps snake eagle or tawny eagle?

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hello James, I think it is an African Hawk Eagle, juvenile. It could also be an Wahlberg’s Eagle, juvenile but a go for African Hawk Eagle, juvenile. I think it it was difficult.

Gay Walker

Snake eagle? Maybe brown snake eagle?

Peter Kes

subadult female pallid harrier

Black-chested Snake Eagle.

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

I’d go with black-chested snake eagle, given the barring on the wings and browny tinge to the body …

Glenda Neill

Black Chested Snake Eagle?

Ian Hobson

Hi James Immature Black-chested Snake Eagle.

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