Quality over quantity today. I 'only' counted 1042 Lesser Spotted Eagles, with other stations getting around the same or lower, so nowhere near yesterdays count (which was confirmed at 26,036!!!). However, there was a good mix of species, I managed 6 species of Eagle in the afternoon at Alonim: the usual Short-toed, Booted and Lesser Spotted, a couple of Greater Spotted and Steppe, and finally, a superb juvenile Imperial Eagle, the first of the count.
|Imperial Eagle with LSE|
|I love Steppe Eagles, that white underwing bar of the juveniles is so striking. |
This bird was over 1km away but still stuck out like a sore thumb.