Home, Members Posts Mystery Raptor Posted by BirdLife eThekwini KZN on 2 May 2013 Hi I think the bird is an immature tawny eagle (probably dark form). Would be interested to see what members think. Regards Colin Soper firstname.lastname@example.org Mystery Raptor Share this:ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestPrintEmailLinkedInWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... Published by BirdLife eThekwini KZN View all posts by BirdLife eThekwini KZN
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Agree, Lack of tail and incomplete feathering on legs led me to consider Bateleur
Will also go with juvenile Bateleur – apart from the unfeathered tarsi mentioned by Steve above, your image fits the Roberts description very well – “Uniform brown plumage; cere and facial skin grey-green and short tail distinctive.” Great photo by the way.
Immature Bateleur with bare tarsi, inconspicuous tail (short), long wings, bare blue facial skin or cere.
Agree, juv. Bateleur. Great sighting!
My opinion is that it is a juvenile Bateleur. Note the unfeathered tarsi (rules out true eagles), bare ‘face’, shortish legs and particularly very short tail relative to long wings.