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Rare bird of prey spotted in UK for only second time

The bearded vulture, which has a wingspan of up to three metres, has only been seen in the UK once before: William Bowell/justwildimages.blogspot.​com/PA Wire

A “magnificent” bearded vulture, one of the world’s largest birds of prey, has been spotted in the UK for only the second time in recorded history.

The distinctive scavenger was pictured by photographers on Howden Moor near Sheffield after reported sightings sent excited birdwatchers into the Peak District hoping for a glimpse of one of Europe’s rarest raptors.

The species, which feeds on the bones of animal carcasses, is thought to have been seen in the

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