Re: the recent claims of Booted Eagle / prob Booted Eagle etc in Suffolk and Hants
A Hants bird claimed as Booted was photographed and identified as a Common Buzzard yesterday. Presumably the correct bird was photographed and that one is sorted now.
The Suffolk bird was described on Bird Forum by one observer as follows:
Hi I first picked up the Booted Eagle today over Stowmarket at 12:32 coming down from height in a stoop with wings half closed and feet thrown forward then soaring SE down the Gipping valley seen for over a minute in all.
I'm 100% sure the bird was a dark phase Booted - critically it had dark brown underwing with pale patches on inner PP and no sign of any barring, the tail was a paler creamy brown with a rounded end and sharp corners no obvious barring and longer than a Buzzards but not as long as a kites. The bird soared on flat or slightly arched wings and the tail was seen to be twisted slightly in steering manouvres in the manner of a Honey Buzzard or kite. The wings were eagle like with deeply cut PP tips giving a five fingered wingtip not counting the vestigial 1st P, fairly parallel edged with no bulging SS. The upperwing was seen as the bird turned when soaring showing a broad buff bar across wing coverts like Black Kite and a pale U patch on rump/uppertail coverts, I couldn't say I noticed the pale shoulder patches as the bird was high and I only had 8X Leicas. Its jizz was of a Buzzard sized small eagle recalling a Black Kite but not long winged or long tailed enough for that species and wingbeats although deep and loose still not enough so for a kite.
I'm familiar with Booted Eagle and am perfectly happy that everything about the bird over Stowmarket today agreed with a dark phase bird, it's plumage, behaviour and jizz and will be submitting a description as such.
This bird (?) has now been photographed and the pic are here: http://www.freewebs.com/suffolkbirding/june2010.htm
Not particularly useful for id, but it might be interesting to see what ideas are thrown about.