Observations in the Family: Falconidae

Common Name: Falcons or Kestrels or Valke

Showing all observations that have a likely ID using the The South African National Biodiversity Institute's southern African Species Dictionary

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Kestrel

Kestrel
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Smuts Track: Window Gorge
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
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Kestrel

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By: 17calbbievans
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Location: Nursery Ravine/Skeleton Gorge Hike
Observed: 27th December 2015
Added: 19th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Lanner chasing Black Eagle

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Location: Walter Sisulu NBG
Observed: 19th September 2015
Added: 3rd January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:0
Description:

Black eagle left nest site after wich it got attact and chased by the Lanner

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Distant kestrel

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Location: Olifantsbos, Cape Point
Observed: 29th December 2015
Added: 31st December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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in the blink of an eye

in the blink of an eye
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Haarwegskloof accommodation yard
Observed: 26th December 2015
Added: 30th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

a wild rollercoaster chase lasting one or two seconds: both disappeared into the grass and then the predator sped off with a swallow in brief persuit. Sorry: as good as I could get - assumed Lanner or Peregrine …

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Distant sentinel

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Location: Nursery Ravine/Skeleton Gorge Hike
Observed: 13th December 2015
Added: 24th December 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
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Hangman's hood

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By: Bushboy
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Location: Croc World, Scottburgh
Observed: 11th July 2015
Added: 5th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Description:

Rehabilitated, but unreleasable. See drooping left wing

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Soaring Aeronaut

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Location: A15e, Tokai Park
Observed: 28th November 2015
Added: 1st December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Lanner Falcon vs Pied Crows

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Location: home
Observed: 21st November 2015
Added: 23rd November 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Description:

This Lanner had caught something over the school field behind us while a bloom of hatching flying ants was going on. Two Pied Crows who were eating the aleates on the field, followed the Lanner high up to the top of a large gum tree and tried their hardest to get the Lanner to give up whatever he had in his clutches, going as far as peeling bark of the tree and dropping it onto its head! This interaction went on for almost ten minutes. I have video footage of one of the crows attacking the Lanner, trying to grab the prey from his grasp.

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Buazzard? Help please

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Location: Rooiberg - Western Cape
Observed: 25th September 2015
Added: 15th November 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:0
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Lesser Kestrel (CNP)

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By: Shaun Swanepoel
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Location: Camdeboo National Park
Observed: 26th August 2015
Added: 28th August 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:2
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Falco peregrinus subsp. minor (Peregrine Falcon)

Falco biarmicus (Lanner Falcon)
By: Nicky vB
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Location: St Blaize Trail
Observed: 16th August 2015
Added: 18th August 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:6
Comments:2
Description:

Let me compose myself before I look into the camera!

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Rooivalk

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By: Joseph Heymans
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Location: Haakdoringdrift
Observed: 14th August 2015
Added: 16th August 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:0
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early morning so still quite cool ? Shikra ?Lanner falcon??

474 unable to identify? Shikra?lanner falcon, still cold and the bird seemed fluffed up
By: _angie
Location: Near Okaukuejo
Observed: 11th July 2015
Added: 14th August 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Mopane treeveld

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Not a Golfing Eagle but a Kestrel

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Mossel Bay Golf Course
Observed: 24th February 2014
Added: 12th August 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:3
Description:

Photo Credits: Christine Ridge-Shnaufer

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Hovering Kestrel

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By: 17calbbievans
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Location: Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain National Park
Observed: 10th July 2015
Added: 13th July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Hovering high above the gorge

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Rock Kestrel - 001 - Kransvalk

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Location: S127 Road, Trompsburg
Observed: 15th June 2015
Added: 26th June 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
Comments:0
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Lanner Falcon

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Location: home
Observed: 16th June 2015
Added: 21st June 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

The usual suspects in this very tall tree behind us are the Black Sparrowhawk and African Goshawk.
This is the first time I have seen them at this location. There were a pair displaying, but by the time I got the camera ready
I had only time to get a shot of the one before they moved off. They made a kill of a dove in our garden 30 minutes later.

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Eastern Red-footed Kestrel 002 - S140 - Oostelike Rooipootvalk 002

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Location: S140, Trompsburg
Observed: 14th February 2015
Added: 17th May 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Raptor in Shadow

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Location: Cape Point Nature Reserve
Observed: 19th April 2015
Added: 25th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Falco rupicolus (Rock Kestrel)

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By: Nicky vB
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Location: Duinepos
Observed: 25th March 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
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Rock kestrel, Kransvalk

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Kyffhäuser, Maltahöhe, Namibia
Observed: 5th April 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Greater kestrel, Grootrooivalk

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Dune 45, near Sossusvlei
Observed: 31st March 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Falco rupicolus (Rock Kestrel)

 Falco rupicolus (Rock Kestrel)
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Road between Paternoster and Stompneus Bay
Observed: 25th March 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Falco rupicolus (Rock Kestrel)

 Falco rupicolus (Rock Kestrel)
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Road between Paternoster and Stompneus Bay
Observed: 25th March 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Falco biarmicus (Lanner Falcon)

 Falco biarmicus (Lanner Falcon)
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Road between Paternoster and Stompneus Bay
Observed: 25th March 2015
Added: 19th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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A Rare Sight around here

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Location: Tokai Park
Observed: 1st February 2015
Added: 7th April 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:3
Comments:3
Description:

You hardly ever see falcons around here.

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Kestrel in the Gardens

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Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Observed: 20th January 2015
Added: 7th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

This is the first time i have seen a bird of prey that isn't an owl perching in the gardens. In the fourth photo, it is perched atop the giant protea bushes of the protea garden where you would usually see sugarbirds.

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Bredasdorp Flower Show 2014: BOP

Bredasdorp Flower Show 2014: BOP
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Unknown - on display at the Bredasdorp Flower Show
Observed: 29th August 2014
Added: 5th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Description:

Named specimen at show - locality not recorded

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red footed falcon

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Location: chobe riverside woods
Observed: 6th March 2015
Added: 1st April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Description:

Can anyone tell me why most of those in Chobe in early March appeared to be males ?

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