Wed 22-Jan-14 03:31 AM | edited Wed 22-Jan-14 03:39 AM by jamesvoortman
Its not one of the large eagles and looks young. The pic unfortunately does not show tail, feet and flight feathers but I'm fairly sure its a juvenile Ayre's Hawk-Eagle. According to my bird book their breast and underparts are pale when young and become progressively darker and more heavily streaked as they mature. The distribution map is consistent with a sighting in Tanzania in November.
If I'm right with the identification it is a lucky sighting because they are quite rare. This pic is considerably better than any in my bird book.
Thanks again for helping me out. I looked and looked at the pictures I could find for the juvenile Ayre's Hawk-Eagle on line but they didn't seem to match up. I did find some pics of the juvenile Martial Eagle that looked a lot closer. So I think you and Aart have pointed me to the right identification.
It has drawings, photos, sound-tracks and extensive text information for nearly all Southern African birds and easy to use. It does not cover Tanzania but many of the species are common to both regions nonetheless.