A rare Egyptian vulture has been spotted circling the skies above the village of Dunfanaghy, County Donegal.
It is the first time the species has been recorded anywhere on the island of Ireland.
Bird watchers have been flocking to the area to catch a glimpse of the raptor, believed to be the same bird seen on the Isles of Scilly in June.
Listed as endangered since 2007, the Egyptian vulture is in decline worldwide.
It is the only long-distance migratory vulture.
Its migratory range usually stretches from Bangladesh to west Africa and it can be found in parts of southern Spain and northern France.
It is perhaps understandable that Shane Farrell, from Dublin, was surprised to encounter one in Donegal.
Mr Farrell was the first to set eyes on the bird and said the experience "still hasn't sunk in".
He was looking for orchids among the dunes and lakes around Dunfanaghy when the vulture flew across a field towards him.
"Usually there is is a sense of elation when you spot a rare bird," he told BBC News NI.
"But this was too far into the realms of fantasy to feel anything other than confusion."
He initially thought the bird must have escaped from captivity but closer examination of missing tail and flight feathers revealed it to be the same vulture seen on the Isles of Scilly.