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Twitter users react to rare eagle sighting near Canterbury

One of the UK’s largest birds of prey has been spotted in Stodmarsh, close to Canterbury.

Birdwatchers and residents were left excited and delighted as they saw the huge Eagle flying through the air yesterday morning.

As the UK’s biggest bird of prey, watchers were astonished to see it thriving in its natural environment.

This comes just under a year after six of the eagles were released in the Isle of Wight, in attempt to restore the once wiped-out species.

Prior to this, the last sighting in the UK was in 1870, with the bird being officially declared extinct in 1918.


Credit: Mier Chen

Bird watcher Martyn Wilson said, “I first noticed the eagle while watching from the viewing mound at Grove Ferry, catching sight of it 2 miles further up the valley at Stodmarsh.

“After an initial 30 minutes of not being able to locate it whilst on the Lampen Wall with several other birders I once again re found it as it flew to the top of a tree on the far side of Stodmarsh lake.

“From there on the magnificent immature Eagle showed on and off for the rest of the day to the delight of up to 300 birders/nature watchers.”

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the rare sighting: