The day started meeting Dad in the castle car park, we saw around 28 species in the first 45 minutes, then a text from Steve Broyd told us that the WHITE TAILED EAGLE had been seen on Walland Marsh. A quick decision for me and I'm pleased Dad decided to join me, as birds of prey are his favourite and he had never seen any type of Eagle before.
We arrived just along the main road from the Woolpack towards Rye at around 10.30am and the bird was sitting in a distant tree, after being disturbed from a Fox carcass, which was close to the road. The bird took flight after 20 minutes or so, flying straight passed us. We managed to follow the bird for the next couple of hours, it gave some great views through the bins and scope. This was only the second one of these I've seen in Britain, the first was on Sheppey in December 1988!! I wasn't totally happy with the photos I took but they were secondary really, here are a few of my attempts, if I find any better ones I might post them at a later date but don't hold your breath!! I was pleased to meet Martin, who does The Ploddingbirder blog, I'm looking forward to seeing his pics.
|with Black Headed Gull|
|With a Common Buzzard|
|With 2 Common Buzzards|