Short-toed Eagle (Snake Eagle) Circaetus gallicus

The first confirmed British record of this southern and eastern European species wasn't until 1999. The first record for Norfolk tunred up in the Brecks in July 2014 having previously been seen in Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. It is believed to have remained in Norfolk for several weeks but this was never officially confirmed. Sadly for Norfolk birders news of its presence was not released and all but a select few are yet to see this species in the county. I am aware of at least two previous reports of birds in the county that are highliy likely to have related to this species - one along the Acle Straight in from a well-known and well-respected birder who did not feel he had seen quite enough to consider the record proven and the other from a less well-known but nevertheless competent observer.

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Short-toed Eagle, Sierra de la Demanda (La Rioja, Spain), 16th June 2009

 

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Short-toed Eagles, Nemrut Dağı (Turkey), 15th May 2010 - the first 6 photos show the same bird, the lower 2 are probably different

 

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Short-toed Eagle, El Planerón (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

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Short-toed Eagle, between Tawi Atayr and Jabal Samhan (Dhofar, Oman), 10th November 2017

 

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Short-toed Eagle, east of Aribe (Navarre, Spain), 19th June 2009

 

Short-toed Eagle, above Ste-Énimie (Lozère, France), 2nd June 2000

 

Short-toed Eagle, La Crau (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 7th May 1999

 

Short-toed Eagles, Hecho Valley (Aragon, Spain), 21st June 2009

 

Short-toed Eagle, Gabardito (Aragon, Spain), 21st June 2009

 

Short-toed Eagle, Sallent de Gállego (Aragon, Spain), 22nd June 2009

 

 

Short-toed Eagle, El Formigal (Aragon, Spain), 22nd June 2009

 

 

Short-toed Eagle, Mas de l'Ilon (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 12th September 2002

 

Short-toed Eagles, west of Taşucu (Turkey), 9th May 2010