Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Eagle Has Landed (In Sussex as well)

Juv White-tailed Eagle at Playden(East Sussex) above Scots Float from the Military Road.
 I had just left Hanson Hide making my way to the car park when I received a call from TG, telling me the White Tailed Eagle was in the field at the entrance to the wind farm on the A259, feeding on a dead Fox. Before I got to the car I got 2 more calls with same info (thanks everyone). Then a hectic drive across Walland Marsh following 2 other cars with the same destination and all being held up by the Gas Boards temporary traffic lights and some tree cutting. I arrived on site to the news that the Eagle had now flown off and was a blob in a distant tree. Where I was told that the farmer had told CP that a Vulture was eating a dead Fox, fortunately CP followed this info up to discover the Eagle. While waiting for it to show a Ring Tailed Hen Harrier and a Marsh Harrier did fly bys.
After watching the blob for half an hour I moved to what I thought was a better position, which it was slightly. A few minutes later the Eagle left its tree and flew low over my original position. That will teach me to trespass.
The Eagle appeared to land in a field north of the A259, but could not be seen. After a while it took off from where it was hidden in a fold in the land and headed towards Rye being harrassed by 2 Peregrines. It then landed well into East Sussex above Scots Float. Another hectic drive to the Military Road via Rye ensued where great scope views were had by all observers except one. ME! I had driven off leaving my scope beside the A259. Definitely dejavu  as I lost my last tripod leaving at Amberly after twitching the White-tailed Eagle there.  I took few record pictures and watched it being harassed by Gulls and 2 Common Buzzards, then hurtled back for my scope which fortunately was being looked after Romney Marsh Warden(thanks Owen). As I got out the car he pointed skyward the Eagle was high overhead thermalling before eventually moving off north.
Above Boonshill (Sussex)

Still in Sussex

Still in Sussex

Still in Sussex

Thermalling over A259 Kent/Sussex Border 

Thermalling over  A259 Kent/Sussex Border
This afternoon at Northpoint G.P. 4 Ruff and a Golden Plover with the Lapwing flock. At Scotney the 2 Pale Bellied Brent Geese  and 32 Greater White fronted Geese.

46 comments:

  1. Really nice to meet you today Martin. What a great bird, great set of images.

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  2. Well done Martin, top day for you, excellent report !

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  3. Nice one Martin and thanks for the text. Unfortunately I had to keep your pension coffers up and do my bit at work. Nice bird, and would of been a lifer for me. Hopefully it will drift North into my territory. Good news on getting your scope back in one piece as well.

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  4. Found your blog via Alan Pavey's - and very glad I did. But sooooo envious of that 'barn-door'!!

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  5. Fantastic shots and news Martin, lets hope a few more of us get a chance soon.

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