Photographer gets perfect picture of kingfisher - after two years

Beautiful picture was worth the wait

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Photographer gets perfect pictures of kingfisher - after two years

Now that's what we call determination... A photographer has spent two years trying to capture the perfect picture of a kingfisher - and has finally achieved his goal.

Petar Sabol, 33, a part-time photographer and traffic technician, spotted the beautiful bird close to his home in Palovec, Croatia, reports the Mirror.

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He was determined to get some stunning pictures of the creature catching a meal, and he waited two years to do it.

The 'money' shot (top) shows the essence of the bird as it dives into the water at speeds of up to 25mph, reports the Daily Mail. He also took a number of other beautiful pictures in the set.

Photographer gets perfect pictures of kingfisher - after two years

The bird is a Eurasian kingfisher, also known as the common kingfisher or river kingfisher, and is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognised within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill.

It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving (as so spectacularly caught on camera here), and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water.

Its glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

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