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Annual Competition - Natural History Prize Winner & Overall Best Image

By David McConkey

Photographed from a hide in Dumfries & Galloway on a Canon 1dx mk 2 with a 150-600 Sigma zoom on a tripod with a gimbal head. Detailed settings: 1/1250, f7.1 ISO 3200. Focal length was 421 mm. The image was processed using Lightroom and DXO denoise.

I find wildlife fascinating, especially birds, and to photograph a Kingfisher with it’s catch is just awesome. The bird returned 5 or 6 times in the space of 4 hours. I took over 700 images. I was trying to capture the bird with a fish in its beak. Almost immediately after returning to the perch, I noticed that it shakes the fish, and the water from the fish created a pattern in the air as it dispersed. I decided that this would create some action in the image, and after several attempts, I was fortunate to get this shot.

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