Return to the Valley of the Lost Raptors

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:28

Stumbled upon this Red Kite today as we arrived at the Burgh. It seemed to be eating a partridge and was very keen to do so, allowing us to walk very close to it. I was searching for the Rough-legged Buzzard today and shortly after the kite I got a distant view of it before losing the damn thing in a maelstrom of Rooks. We also saw a Barn Owl and the usual bombardment of Grey Partridge. The very pale Buzzard was also showing well there.

This is the fourth Rough-legged Buzzard I have seen and my first in Sussex. I self found my first ever bird ten years ago when I was working at Titchwell. I think they are a massive improvement on Buzzards. I have a thing for pied birds and this bird was very obviously pied even at a distance but the dark sides to the belly and white tail were also easy to see.

5 Response to "Return to the Valley of the Lost Raptors"

mat davidson Says:

I wonder if it was the same red kite we saw on the race? I can still see it now...

Graeme Lyons Says:

It could well be, it was very close to where you spotted it!...

Marc Heath Says:

Just had a wander through the blog, a great read with some nice photos.

Graeme Lyons Says:

Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed it! Come again!

Clare Scott Says:

Awesome to see the inspiration of nature at work... Thankyou for sharing and making me smile =)

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