The bird is believed to be part of 24 which were released in West Sussex last week
12:59, 30 AUG 2019
A rare white stork has been spotted in Cornwall.
The incredible pictures were taken by Nathaniel Barry, a 23-year-old amateur wildlife photographer from the Perranporth area.
He spotted the majestic birds on Tuesday (August 27) at Hayle Estuary.
He said: "I had heard that there had been releases by a Sussex organisation.
"We were at Hayle Estuary, at a place called Ryan's Field. Suddenly all the birds decided to take off."
That's when Nathaniel saw a white stork for the first time in his life.
"The culprit arrived," he wrote on his Nathaniel Barry Photography Facebook page.
"With most of the estuary birds never seeing a white stork before, they weren't taking any chances!
"Why would you? Seven feet wingspan, 4ft in height... The previous largest bird there was a grey heron. But after the stork arrived I didn't see the heron return for the next four hours I was there!"
A total of 24 juvenile white storks were released on Monday, August 12, at the Knepp rewilding project in West Sussex.
There has since been reported sightings at Drift Reservoir and other spots in Cornwall.
It was part of The White Stork Project, a pioneering partnership of private landowners and nature conservation charities, which aims to restore a population of at least 50 breeding pairs in Southern England by 2030 through a phased release programme over the next five years.
According to participant Durrell, all of the storks that are part of the project have unique coloured rings on their legs, so anyone who spots a stork in the British countryside can report their sightings on the project website.
This information will help scientists to understand the movements of the birds.