Thousands flock to Ashdown Forest for rare glimpse of short-toed eagle
By East Grinstead Courier | Posted: June 26, 2014
By Sam Satchell
THOUSANDS of twitchers from all over the country have been flocking to Ashdown Forest to get a glimpse of a rare and majestic bird.
A short-toed eagle, which has a massive wingspan of about six feet, has been causing a sensation among birdwatchers since it was first spotted in the area about three weeks ago.
Wildlife enthusiasts say the eagle disappeared for a few days before returning to the heathland last week, where it has survived on a diet of snakes and lizards.
Among the excited bird lovers is Matt Eade, who took some of the stunning photos on this page and who describes himself as "an amateur with a good camera".