Thursday, 26 June 2014
Ashdown Forest (20/6/2014)
I then drove to Gill's Lap car park and joined a small band of birders looking out over the valley. After seeing the occasional Buzzard someone started running to the front and then the Short-toed Eagle was seen to drift up the valley on fairly flat wings, quite pale underneath with little markings and very broad wings and barred tail. It then soared around for a while before drifting across the heath and landing in the top of a dead pine where reasonable views were obtained.
Very obvious in the tree being quite pale with a shaggy, owl like head - it appeared quite Osprey like funnily enough. The bird then took off and flew around again and moved to another dead tree further away. I then made a move up the road and joined another birder who had the same idea. We got much better views and I could see the pale, piercing eye and the long orange bare legs. The bird then took off again and moved back across to near where it was originally but then I lost it. While walking back to the car it was seen again in flight but this time in the company of a Buzzard where the size difference was quite marked.