Rare ‘golden eagle’ caught on camera by Ricky Shaw on way to work in Cheeseman’s Green Lane in Ashford

Video:  The large bird spotted taking off from a hedge in Ashford

This video clip has emerged that appears to show a golden eagle or steppe eagle taking off from a hedge along a country lane.

The bird of prey – not rare, but not native to Kent – was spotted in Cheeseman’s Green Lane, Ashford, by Ricky Shaw.

He said: “It’s not something I normally come across on my way to work.”

This massive bird was spotted in Cheeseman’s Green Lane, Ashford by Ricky Shaw

His dashboard video camera had captured the bird taking off from the hedge.

Experts at Eagle Heights, a bird of prey centre in Eynsford, have identified it as either a golden eagle or a steppe eagle.

The golden eagle is the second largest flying eagle in Britain.

It lives in the wild, open moorlands and mountains of Scotland, favouring islands and remote glens. It is best looked for soaring high over hillsides in the Scottish Highlands.

Its wing span averages six to eight feet, eating a carnivorous diet and is expected to live 30 years in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 comment to Rare ‘golden eagle’ caught on camera by Ricky Shaw on way to work in Cheeseman’s Green Lane in Ashford

  • There has been an escapee golden eagle on the loose in East Sussex for several years, seen occasionally at Ashburnham, and reported on the Sussex Ornithological Society website. There are long gaps between sightings and it is interesting that this bird can be so elusive in a well populated area. Sightings are freported as far away as East Grinstead. Perhaps this is the same bird wandering?