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    Short-toed eagle seen flying in an island where they had not been seen for at least a century

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsFriday 14 October 2011
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    UK - Jersey

     

    Bird experts say it is a mystery why a large bird of prey like the short-toed eagle that has been flying in Jersey has come to the Island.
     
    It is believed the short-toed eagle has not been seen in the island before.
    It is not known exactly how it got to the island as they do not tend to fly over water, but they do breed in France, to the south of Jersey.
     
    Dr Glyn Young, the bird expert at Durrell, said there had been a few sightings of the bird which is larger than a marsh harrier or buzzard and soars high above them.
    He said there had not been any breed of eagle in the wild in Jersey for at least a century.
     
    Dr Young said: "It's had to cross that piece of water from France.
    "Eagles don't like flying over open water because they use thermals to travel and they don't form over waters so I guess it's probably a young one."
     
    John Farnom said he had seen the bird while walking up a back road near Vinchelez Manor in St Ouen.
     

     

    Source: BBC News

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