Inconveniently, The Prof managed to consume the entire box of Eagle fodder not long before reaching our destination.
Despite this setback, and after brief flight views at around 9am, the SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE obliged the expectant crowds with several sorties along the escarpment best viewed from the path by Gill's Lap Car Park in the period around midday. A wonderful bird particularly when viewed hovering with talons extended.
The Ashdown Forest is a stunning area providing suitable habitat to a number of heathland species. Those seen today were at least two singing Woodlark, a couple of Tree Pipit, a single Hobby, Siskin and Redpoll, and plenty of Common Buzzards some of which were seen displaying.
A real treat came in the form of a Nightjar. Not the best views, but I did my best.
Clip of the Eagle.