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Pelican living in Kent.

A rare white pelican normally found in the warmer climes of southern Europe has set up home in rural Kent. Bird watchers have been flocking to the 285-acre Bough Beech Reservoir to catch sight of the bird.

Dave Hutton, reserve officer for Kent Wildlife Trust, said: "White pelicans are normally found in the Mediterranean, but if it has come all that way then it is some occurrence. However, we cannot confirm that and we have heard various stories of where it has flown from, including that it has escaped from a collection in Holland."

Pelicans have a maximum lifespan of 27 years, and can fly all day and night without stopping, covering a distance of 300 miles.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2006
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