A breathtaking picture of a kingfisher bird hovering above water has been dubbed a once in a lifetime shot by wildlife experts.
The colourful bird was caught on camera at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire on Saturday by amateur photographer Paul Gregory from Clifton.
Gregory said the image, which was taken moments before the bird dove into the water for a fish, was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
However, Tim Sexton, a manager at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust-run reserve, said capturing the bird in the impressive angel-like position was extremely rare. The birds travel at such speed, the trust says, that birdwatchers only usually get to see a flash of blue as the they travel past.
As per the BBC, Gregory, who had been sitting in a hide for two hours to see the bird, said:
I didnt expect [to see any kingfishers] as the water was a bit weedy.
Then I had the first sighting at about 9 and then I got that display.
It was so rewarding as in the last year Ive had nothing. Patience is a virtue.
Sexton added that the majority of images of kingfishers show them perching as they hunt for minnows and sticklebacks in shallow pools of water.
He told the news outlet:
Action shots like this dont happen that often. Its a real top quality [picture] and a one in a million shotRead More – Source