24 April 2018
A rare bird that was released into the wild after being hand-reared in the Fens has returned from its winter migration, wildlife experts have said.
The black-tailed godwit was one of 26 raised at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Welney, Norfolk.
They were released last summer and migrated as far as Portugal for winter.
Conservationists said the sighting was a "wonderful and welcome surprise", as the birds were not expected to return from their wintering grounds this year.
Their release was part of Project Godwit, a partnership between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the WWT, and aimed to increase the population of black-tailed godwits in the UK.
The wading birds were hatched in captivity and hand-reared by wildlife experts from the charities to protect them from predators.