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Penguin-like bird spotted on Southampton shores - Here's what it could be

A woman believes she may have spotted a penguin in Southampton <i>(Image: Jacqui Flack)</i>
A woman believes she may have spotted a penguin in Southampton (Image: Jacqui Flack)

A penguin-like bird has been spotted in Southampton.

Jacqui Flack was walking along Chessel Bay when an unusual looking bird caught her eye.

Quickly grabbing her phone, she took some pictures from afar of what she thought might be a penguin.

Although blurry, her photos do show an animal that resembles the flightless bird.

But is it possible that a penguin could land on Southampton shores?

Daily Echo:
Daily Echo:

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According to experts at Marwell Zoo who took a close look at the photo, it's unlikely.

The birds team at the zoo told the Echo the bird in question may be a guillemot.

The guillemot only comes to land to rest after spending most of its life at sea.

The RSPB website reads: “Dark brown and white, not as black as the similar Razorbill, it has a 'bridled' form with a white ring round the eye and stripe behind it.”

This species is often found along the south coast of England during the winter.