Lucky birdwatchers spot wading bird flying alongside its European cousin in Suffolk
Wednesday 11 April 2018 16:01 BST
The Independent Online
The American bittern spotted at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes, near Lowestoft SWNS
Hundreds of bird watchers flocked to Britain after an American bittern was spotted for the first time in almost a decade.
People came from across Europe to catch a glimpse of the bird, which is believed not to have been seen in the UK since 2010.
It was first sighted on Saturday evening flying above the reeds in Carlton Marshes, Suffolk; the first time it has been recorded in the county.
After reports of the sighting were posted on social media, admirers arrived in droves to see the bird for themselves.
Photographer Jeff Higgott captured an image of the wading bird in flight after waiting by the reeds for more than six hours.