Lee Tiah Khee photographed a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) catching a little fish. The kingfisher then flew it to its original perch to enjoy its meal (above left). Unfortunately, in trying to manipulate the fish for swallowing (above right), the fish slipped free and fell back into the water (below left). The kingfisher simply looked on, as if surprised (below right).
John Vickerman commented on the sequence of photographs thus: “Just goes to show that if you keep watching – or photographing – common birds, sooner or later you’ll come up with something that is seldom recorded. Kingfishers don’t often make mistakes, but this wonderful sequence shows it can happen.”
Images by Lee Tiah Khee.
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