Pied Kingfisher - Symmetry in Motion

Pied Kingfisher - Symmetry in Motion

Pied Kingfishers are incredible fish catchers. They hover in the air, staying in place using rapid wing movement, then lunge down to catch an unsuspecting fish. In this photo we can see what this hovering looks like from the front. Note how the Kingfisher is concentrated on the water below, looking for fish. I find that the symmetry in this photo is what makes it most interesting.

What do I like about this photo? As mentioned above - the symmetry. Nature is the best artist, and it couldn't have staged this better. I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 seconds) to freeze the action, so the Kingfisher is tack sharp right to the tip of her wings. The contrast between the colorful sky and the black-and-white Kingfisher also makes her stand out.

What would I want to improve? A more interesting background (e.g., earth colors) would have potentially been more striking. Also, getting a bit below the Kingfisher might have provided for an even more impressive shot.
But overall I really like how this photo turned out!

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