By David Keane
This incredible photo appears to capture the moment a kingfisher balanced acrobatically only on its beak with wings outstretched while suspended above the water.
The striking image shows a kingfisher as it makes the perfect dive into a lake with only the tip of its beak in the water while its extended wings show off its glorious colours, giving it the appearance of a posing gymnast.
Gerald Robinson took the photo at a nesting spot at a beautiful lakeside location near Kirkcudbright, Scotland, in May – but the dad-of-three misplaced the memory card and only discovered the image this week.
The 56-year-old only decided to check the camera’s card as he went to format it, thankfully discovering the ‘best photo’ he has ever taken moments before it was about to be deleted.
And the image didn’t come easily, as Gerald estimate he took more than 3,000 images across three trips to Scotland to capture the image – though never expected to get such a perfect shot.
Gerald, from Rotherham, South Yorks, said: “I was gobsmacked by the picture when I saw it. I didn’t even know I had it.
“I had taken two memory cards and had to swap them half way through the day but forgot about the other.
“I thought it would be some old photos from a wedding I had photographed, I only checked it at the last minute. I never in a million years thought I would have something like this on it.
“A lot of people have tried and failed to get an image like this. It’s incredibly difficult as the kingfishers move so fast.
“You have to second guess the kingfisher’s movements before it does them to pre-empt the photograph.
“I love the picture – it’s a real one off. The bird looks so acrobatic. It’s quite a breath-taking pose to have caught it in.
“It’s probably the best photo I’ve ever taken and I nearly deleted it so I’m very lucky indeed.”