As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 12 May 2016

Rare pelican returns to Britain after more than 2,000 years

 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. 

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Dalmatian pelican
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. 

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