19 March 2020

Short-toed Snake Eagle - Sarrar

Whilst birding the Sarrar Pivot Irrigaton fields in March I saw a Short-toed Snake Eagle perched on top of a telegraph pole. The bird son flew however and I only managed the below poor photos as it flew away from me. The species is a scarce migrant and winter visitor and has only been recorded since 1979 although birds have been seen in all months of the year except July and August. Most records have occurred in March and October - November suggesting most birds just pass through the area as this one was presumably doing.
Short-toed Snake Eagle