Sunday, 30 September 2012

An Hour of Raptors

After one and a half days deluge the rain finally stopped today at lunch time.  At 3pm we took a walk on the hill behind our house and soon noticed birds of prey moving from north-east to south-west.  Most were Short-toed Eagles and we counted 101 by 4.30pm.  This included a "kettle" of 60 birds soaring high and then peeling off and then proceeding onwards.

Short-toed Eagle

We also noted 3 Red Kites, Common Buzzard, pale-phase Booted Eagle, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Hobbies, 2 Raven and a single Crossbill.

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