Notes Or Jottings about Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1870 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. ORNITHOLOGICAL NOTES. THE ERNE or White-tailed Eagle, Falco albicilla of Montagu, has been met with on several occasions in this neighbourhood. March 27th, 1863, I saw a magnificent specimen flying over the common at Sizewell. The bird was not at a greater distance from me than about two hundred yards, so that I had ample opportunity for observation. The flight appeared steady but slow on account of the Eagle's great size, but when compared with surrounding objects, it became apparent that the rate of progress was much more rapid than I at first imagined. It appeared to strike at several partridges on the ground in his course, but they invariably escaped by towering. Another individual of this species was seen for several days at Sizewell in January 1867. Some years since, the present Vicar of Aldeburgh, the Rev. Henry T. Dowler, having been informed that an Eagle had been shot at Slaughden, near the Martello Tower, went thither to make enquiries as to the facts of the case, and found a rather interesting little history connected with the matter. It appeared that the son of the shepherd living there, had observed for some days a very large bird sailing along the line of the sea-beach and occasionally swooping down upon something which he found there, and which the boy supposed to be dead fish cast up by the waves. The acute little fellow at once set about a clever contrivance for his capture. He procured some furze bushes with which he built himself a small hut or rather hiding place on the shore, and placing within shot of it some other dead fish, took his gun and concealed himself within, about the time of the day that he had previously seen the bird passing over. He had not waited a great time before the Eagle came sailing along as before, a...

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