Last week, between Newhaven & Beddingham, we saw a large bird of prey hovering. My first thought was a buzzard but the wing span seemed larger.
I've since found out that 6 white tailed Eagles have been released on the IOW, & one of them, Culver, made his way to Essex, and back to the island, having been tracked via satellite. They've all been ringed and have transmitters. He was definitely tracked over Polegate, so now I'm wondering if it was him we saw.
White tailed Eagles are being reintroduced into southern England.
Only one way to find out
That bird + a mate,
100g bacon lardon
1 onion chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
4 sage sprigs, leaves chopped
2 eating apples, cored and cut into large chunks
300ml chicken stock
1 Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
100ml double cream
Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Melt the butter in a large non-stick flameproof dish. Season the Bird(s), add to the dish and brown on all sides. Remove from the dish and set aside.
Add the bacon, onion, celery and sage to the dish and cook for 10 mins until the onion is soft and the bacon is crisp. Carefully pour off any excess fat.
Return the Birds to the dish and scatter over the apples. Pour over the cider and the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 25 mins until the birds are cooked through.
And let us know how it tastes
soaring or gliding yer but hovering nah there are only a few raptors that hover kestrel , sparrow hawk .......i think the buzzard is too big to "hover" as such.
Agreed, buzzards don't 'hover'. They circle in thermals, glide and only flap if they really really have to.
However, a few years ago (in 2014 to be precise) we spotted a very large bird of prey genuinely hovering not very far from where we live. Which seemed very odd, as it was way too big to be any of the usual hovering suspects. A few days after that I was on a ride through the Ashdown Forest and saw a huge number of full-kit twitchers, assembled at Gills Leap car park. I stopped and asked what they were looking for and they said there was a young short toed eagle hanging around. This was a BIG event. Turns out short toed eagles do hover, in the traditional sense, it's one of the things that makes them distinctive (also their teeny tiny toes). So (having also checked plumage etc) we were pretty certain that's what we'd seen.
It's not impossible that you've spotted one of those, but if you have you are going to cause a stir!
When I said hovering, it wasn't flapping like a kestrel, but was almost stationary over one point looking down at a prey (rabbit?) but only 30 feet or so up.
I was the passenger in the car so could see the wings & 'fingers' at the end of the wings very clearly.
It's a matter of taste, but the flavour is quite strong (particularly the cocks), so no hanging for me. But if you do, guts in and a bit less, 2-4 days