Check Out this Photographer's 'One-in-a-Million' Kingfisher Shot

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Check Out this Photographer's 'One-in-a-Million' Kingfisher Shot


Amateur photographer Paul Gregory has done what most professionals can't do: capture a "once-in-a-lifetime" photo. That is: being able to capture a kingfisher bird hovering above water moments before the bird dove in to catch a fish.

Gregory went on a nature shoot at the Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, where he caught and preserved the colorful bird through his camera lens.

The amateur photographer said the shot was thanks to simply being in the "right place at the right time."

"I didn’t expect [to see any kingfishers] as the water was a bit weedy," explained Gregory, who was sitting in a hide for two hours to see the kingfisher bird. "Then I had the first sighting at about 9 and then I got that display."


Photo Credit: Paul Gregory via UNILAD


"It was so rewarding as in the last year I’ve had nothing. Patience is a virtue."

For Tim Sexton, a manager at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust-run reserve, the picture—angled to show the bird in an angel-like position—was extremely rare, according to UNILAD.

Kingfishers travel at insane speeds that even birdwatchers only get to see a "flash of blue" when the birds travel past them. Sexton noted that most photos of the bird show them perched as they hunt for minnows and sticklebacks in shallow water.

"Action shots like this don’t happen that often," the reserve manager said. "It’s a real top quality [picture] and a one in a million shot."


Photo Credit: Paul Gregory via UNILAD


Attenborough Nature Reserve is popular for its kingfisher birds, UNILAD said, adding that BBC Wildlife magazine voted the reserve as one of the best places to see the birds in 2016.

Kingfisher birds have bright blue and orange feathers and are commonly found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceana. There are over 100 species of kingfisher in the wild, but Gregory's photo shows the common kingfisher that breeds in the UK.