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The early bird finally catches its fish. A kingfisher perches on bare branches, to warm itself up in the early morning sunshine, having just missed its chance to catch a fish.<br />
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The kingfisher was perched on bare branches hanging over the River Bulbourne in Hemel Hempstead, London with the rising sun's warming glow behind it.<br />
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The bird was pictured by Martin West, 37, a TV producer from London who was out with his camera on an exercise walk during the second national lockdown due to the pandemic.<br />
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Martin said, "It had just unsuccessfully dived for a fish so seemingly stopped for a few minutes presumably to warm up."<br />
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"The kingfisher was deep in the branches and I got a shot of it within the thicket with the sun in the background.  It then flew down to a lower branch to enjoy more of the sunshine, giving me a clearer view without some of the branches in the way."<br />
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"After warming up it went in for another dive and this time it caught a fish and flew off with it."<br />
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