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Ayrshire photographer upstaged by bird who gets the shot

  • Lesley Garven, from Auchinleck in Ayrshire, caught a kingfisher taking a photo of another bird using her DSLR
  • The 40-year-old captured the shot near Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway, at a wildlife hide
  • Working full-time as a nurse, wildlife photography has been her hobby for ten years now

A wildlife photographer was upstaged by a kingfisher when he managed to capture the perfect shot of another bird on a branch after he landed on her camera.

Lesley Garven, who has done wildlife photography as a hobby for 10 years now, accidentally got the shot after spending all morning at a hide near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

The remarkable photos show the male bird perched on Lesley’s DSLR camera just after he captured the picture of his mate on a leafy branch on January 9.

Ms Garven, 40, said: ‘It certainly was a surprise. I was amazed.

The kingfisher landed on Lesley Garven’s DSLR camera in a hide near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, and managed to capture the perfect shot of another bird perched on a branch

‘I’ve been trying to get a wide angle shot for a few years now… so I set up the camera and forgot the remote so went back into the hide to get it.

‘Then the female kingfisher showed up (she is the one on the branch), then the male showed up and landed on the shutter button and snapped the photo then sat on top of the camera.’

The hide she visited, which is one of her favourite wildlife spots, is owned by world-famous wildlife photographer Alan McFadyen.

Lesley added: ‘My favourite things to take photos of are the kingfisher and also the bottle-nose dolphins in the moray firth.

‘This year my goal is to try and get a close other shot… So wish me luck with that!

‘It’s a hobby for me as I’m actually a staff nurse, so this is what I do to relax. I decided after the hecticness of Christmas to take myself off to the hide for a few days of relaxation.’

Lesley lives in a small village called Auchinleck in Ayrshire, Scotland, around an hour and a half drive from the hide where this shot was captured. 

Ms Garven, who is a nurse but has enjoyed wildlife photography as a hobby for 10 years, said: 'It certainly was a surprise. I was amazed. I've been trying to get a wide angle shot for a few years now'

Ms Garven, who is a nurse but has enjoyed wildlife photography as a hobby for 10 years, said: ‘It certainly was a surprise. I was amazed. I’ve been trying to get a wide angle shot for a few years now’



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