A PREHISTORIC-LOOKING bird that last cast its mighty shadow over the British landscape during the Iron Age has made a sensational comeback.
PUBLISHED: 14:34, Tue, May 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58, Tue, May 10, 2016
Amazed birdwatchers have been charting the movements of the mysterious Dalmatian pelican after it touched down in Cornwall at the weekend.
Only when photographs of the huge fish-eating bird with its 11-ft wingspan and enormous red bill were studied carefully was it confirmed that one of Europe’s rarest and most threatened species had returned to Britain after a gap of more than 2,000 years.
Twitchers who tally rare bird have been monitoring the pelican’s progress around the West Country as they may well be able to include it on their lists of authentic sighting.
The huge fish-eating bird with its 11-ft wingspan and enormous red bill were studied carefully
Experts have been analysing photographs and believe the pelican may be the same individual seen in Poland, Germany and France in recent weeks.
The nearest breeding colonies of Dalmatian pelicans to the UK are in Bulgaria and Greece but individuals are known to wander from their nesting grounds and weather conditions have highly favourable in recent days to push one eastwards from the Continent to the UK.