A rare Mediterranean visitor has been spotted wading through the marshes at a local RSPB nature reserve.
The large glossy ibis bird is a rarely-seen visitor to the UK, but has been paddling around RSPB Frampton Marsh since Saturday, eating insects, worms and small fish.
Chris Andrews, visitor service officer at the reserve, said: “It is wonderful to see such a dramatic and unusual bird as this, and it just goes to show what a valuable resource for a place like Frampton Marsh can be. We hope the ibis stays for a long time and lots of people get to see it.”
He added: “The bird is related to herons and normally to be found in the Mediterranean, but there does appear to be a growing trend of them in the country. Worldwide, they are very widespread, covering all six continents.”