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Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby Ducked » 06 Feb 2014, 19:31

Have been walking in the area surrounding the campus a bit during this winter vacation, and was surprised to see a pair of eagles (or perhaps buzzards, but they're big, I think about the same size as a Scottish Golden Eagle) hanging around. There's a low wooded (mostly bamboo) escarpment (maybe 10 metres or so) separating the campus plateau from the surrounding flood plain, which they perch in, and I've seen them swooping along trails among the trees, and also apparently using the hill lift off the escarpment to soar.

Bit of Googling suggests possibly Mountain Hawk Eagle, but I don't really know. Square-ended wings.

I'm surprised because I wouldn't have thought this immediate area (Southern Taiwan coastal plain, near Tainan) was a very suitable habitat, being mostly rice and sugar fields, with very little woodland.

Perhaps they're just winter migrants passing through? I've seen them over about the past week, but I dunno how long they've been there since I havn't been walking much due to a knee bearing running rough. I think I saw them (or a similar pair) for a while a couple of years ago but can't remember the time of year.
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Re: Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby thesublimenakedfairy » 11 Feb 2014, 08:33

Maybe a Formosan Crested Serpent Eagle? They hang around hills and flat land looking for meals.
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Re: Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby Ducked » 24 Feb 2014, 13:46

Thanks. Could be, but they didn't seem to have that prominent light-coloured band toward the trailing edge of the wing underside, which appears in-flight pictures of the Serpent Eagle, and I'd say they were darker overall

They seem to have left now. They've harvested the sugar-fields in this area over the last couple of weeks, which is quite a lot of disturbance, or maybe they were just passing through anyway.
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Re: Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby Ducked » 27 Feb 2015, 07:03

Only one seen this year, for 3-4 days a couple of weeks ago. Spooked it off its perch each time but never saw it before it rose so I never got a chance for a picture.

Dunno what they / it were eating. There are pheasant in the sugar fields and I've once seen a hare.
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Re: Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby the bear » 27 Feb 2015, 07:43

Square ended wings suggests the Formosan Kite no?
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Re: Eagles around campus (no pics, sorry)

Postby Ducked » 01 Mar 2015, 13:30

Dunno, but thank's for the suggestion.

Is that the same as a Black Kite Milvus migrans formosanus?

http://www.birdingintaiwan.com/Birdsintwn/blackkite.htm

If so I'd guess probably not, because thats apparently rather rare, and I think this was bigger.
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