27.8.19 Honey Buzzard, Osprey, Marsh Harrier.

Another very hot, sunny day with a light SE wind. I got to the headland late covered the area around the radio mast to the old trapping area then sky watched.


Sedge Warbler.

Bushes were quiet with temperatures already high by midmorning only seeing 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 20 Common Whitethroat, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, c500 mixed hirundines mostly east along with c15 Swift.

Most interest came from looking skyward with a Marsh Harrier over and out to sea at 10.55hrs but it appeared to return, a further 2 sightings which could relate to the same individual. At 11.22hrs a large female Honey Buzzard appeared and upon reaching the highest point of the headland, drifted off west, minutes later being seen over Belle Tout. Then came two Osprey sightings, one at 12.20 over east dean drifting west then another at 13.08 a much closer bird passed south over the headland and high out to sea viewed from the radio mast.


Marsh Harrier.


Honey Buzzard.




Distant Osprey shots.


Most intriguingly, whilst driving to Birling at 13.47, a raptor was seen at altitude making landfall from the south, I hurriedly pulled over and got some shots. It would appear to be another (or same) Honey Buzzard aborting an attempt to cross the channel. Images below.


Very distant Honey Buzzard.





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