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The Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon

From PBS’ Ireland’s Wild River, this is how the vibrantly-colored Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) hunts for fish on the River Shannon: By diving.

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Update: Their diving skills are not the only reason to be in awe of the kingfisher. Check out this fascinating video by @SheppeyWildlife: “I love the way the Kingfisher keeps his head still when he’s hunting.”

Related reading: A Perfect Photo of a Kingfisher, 720K Pictures in the Making.

The birds, which tend to be small, with large heads and dagger-like beaks, can dive at speeds up to 25 mph, making [Alan] McFadyen‘s photo a difficult shot. “The [kingfisher’s] speed is incredible and fascinating to watch,” he says. “Even at 10 frames per second, sometimes you get nothing in the [photograph]. It’s that fast.”

Our favorite bird videos include this frenetic feeding frenzy off the South African coast, releasing an eagle back into the wilds of Kansas, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s stunning Birds of Paradise project.

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