Photos were taken at range and in poor light (big ISO), so please forgive their crapness. Nevertheless, a very nice early-morning jaunt (I also chanced upon two Garganey, a Wood Sandpiper and a Chinese Water Deer), and I was back home working by 0730. Result.
I couldn't go straight off - too much work - but resolved to be there for shortly after dawn. And so I was... and still missed the bird come out of its roost. Phil Heath kindly put me right, however, and I watched the bird for an hour or so, at range, as it fed on a carcass and scared the wits out of Marsh Harriers (above), Lapwings and Greylags.
The record even made the regional paper - although without mentioning either the finders (sadly) or the bird's presence in East Anglia for the past fortnight (oddly).
One of the glaring omissions on my Norfolk county list has been White-tailed Eagle. I should have rectified that by joining Dave Andrews, Mikee Hoit and Will Soar on a day out in March when they found an adult at Creake Abbey. Instead, I stayed at home and worked. I should have made amends by seeing the immature in the Broads a fortnight ago, but by the time I got there, it was over the border in Suffolk. A report a few days ago over south Norwich got me scanning the skies... but all I turned up by skywatching from my garden was Marsh Harrier, a few Common Buzzards and House Martin (all welcome sights; don't get me wrong). Today, however, I finally put things right.