Isle of Wight eagle heads for France

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Isle of Wight eagle heads for France


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The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation has revealed that one of the Isle of Wight’s white-tailed eagles successfully crossed the English Channel into France.

Known as “G463”, the eagle is one of those released in the summer of 2020 and, like its peers, has evolved a lot in recent weeks.

White tailed eagle ‘G463’ pictured at Alton Water, Suffolk on April 4th (Kit Day).

After perching near Alton Water, Suffolk, on the evening of April 4, the G463 moved south through Essex and into Kent on the 5, reaching the coast at Dover in mid ‘afternoon. Between 2:35 p.m. and 2:55 p.m., the G463 flew nearly 7 km in the English Channel before slowly coming back to land, battling a strong northerly breeze.

Clearly unperturbed, the G463 attempted another level crossing just after 1 p.m. on the 6th. Aided by a strong north-westerly tailwind, it covered the 47 km between Dungeness and Boulogne-sur-Mer in just 40 minutes later. having left the Kent coast at 1382 m altitude. Eventually, he settled east of Amiens, about 100 km north of Paris, that evening.

The journey of the G463 is a milestone for the project, as it is the first time that one of the reintroduced eagles has left British airspace and crossed the European continent.

Tracking data from the Roy Dennis Foundation shows the bird’s attempted crossing near Dover on April 5, before heading west to Dungeness on 6 and crossing the English Channel south-east to ‘in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Meanwhile, another of the 2020 versions – “G405” – covered more than 1,000 km in the second half of March, after reaching the Scottish Borders on April 1. “G471” toured the East of England, making several visits to Grafham Water and Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, as well as Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

Keep up to date with the Isle of Wight eagles at www.roydennis.org/isleofwight or on Twitter: @RoyDennisWF

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