Ferring Beach, Amberley and Goring

The day started very quiet with a seawatch at Ferring Beach first thing that produced very little just a few Gannets, scoters and terns as well as the usual Oystercatchers and Turnstones along the beach. I contemplated heading to Amberley Wildbrooks, but following a report of the White-tailed Eagle in the fields just south of Houghton Bridge yesterday I thought I'd go on a bit of an eagle hunt. I tried the viewpoint at Houghton first, without success. I then headed down Stoke Road and pulled up by the tunnel that leads under the railway. I looked out of the window and spotted the bird immediately, sat on the floor being hassled by a crow. I moved further along to the gate and from here the bird was just 100 metres in front of me. It looked over, obviously aware of my presence, but wasn't at all bothered. I pointed the bird out to two walkers who were very excited to see it. It's a magnificent bird to see up close. It sat there not doing much for about half an hour, and then flew up and perched on a pylon where it sat for a further 10 or so minutes before flying off towards North Stoke, allowing me to see it in flight. There were young lambs in the field, which would be very easy prey for this huge bird, but they favour rabbits, and a stoat or weasel seen running across the path in front of me might suggest there are some rabbits about. It was fantastic to see the bird after missing it so many times over Amberley Wildbrooks, and hopefully it hangs around. 

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

With strong southerly gales hitting the south coast I tried another seawatch, this time from the shelter on George V Avenue. Again there was very little around, but I did spot a Great Skua which was knocking about directly in front of me, spending most of the time sat on the water. There were some birds very far out on the horizon, moving along at some speed and quite evenly spaced out. They were gull sized, but not gulls, and they moved up and down as they travelled. I wondered if these could be shearwaters, but they were too distant for and reliable identification. 

Goring Beach




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