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Kingfisher in flight

Common kingfisher. High-speed photograph of a common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, flying towards its nest with a fish in its bill. This small bird lives and hunts around rivers, nesting in an upward-sloping tunnel in a bank (as seen) near water. A fast and agile flier, it watches the water from a perch and dives to catch small fish and crustaceans with its long bill. It is found in Europe, much of Asia and parts of Africa

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This print captures the mesmerizing flight of a Common Kingfisher, also known as Alcedo atthis. With its vibrant plumage and sharp beak clutching onto a fish, this small bird is in full motion as it heads towards its nest. Living and hunting around rivers, the Common Kingfisher chooses an upward-sloping tunnel in a bank near water to build its home. Renowned for its speed and agility, this avian predator perches patiently by the water's edge before diving with precision to catch small fish and crustaceans using its long bill. Its habitat spans across Europe, much of Asia, and parts of Africa. The photograph showcases not only the beauty of nature but also highlights the intricate behavior of this species. The high-speed photography freezes every detail of the bird's graceful flight mid-air, allowing us to appreciate both its stunning appearance and remarkable hunting skills. As we gaze upon this image captured by Science Photo Library, we are reminded of the diverse wildlife that exists within our world. It serves as a testament to how these creatures adapt themselves perfectly to their surroundings while enchanting us with their elegance.

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