An afternoon dash to Ashdown Forest following calls from John King and David Cooper (thanks both, what a day to leave phone and pager at work) wasn't helped by slow traffic around Brighton (London-Brighton bike race, bloody cyclists!) and me misremembering where Gills Lap was (just after Old Lodge not before). The bird had drifted west out of sight so we relocated to Old Lodge which gave a better view of that area and DC soon picked it up over a distant ridge. I had three satisfactory views and then went around to Long car park and the old airfield where it had been in a tree. I saw it very well a bit further down the valley but annoyingly had forgotten my camera. It came up behind some near trees and spend 10-15 minutes slowly climbing higher, occasionally hovering and then drifted off east. Other birds seen included Hobby, Wood Lark and Tree Pipit.
|Short-toed Eagle over Ashdown Forest, honest ...|
|hovering with legs down|
much better images others blogs, e.g. Sussex Birding (David Cooper), JFC's Birding (John Cooper) or native2Sussexbirding (Mick Davis). See 'my blogs list' panel top right.