Incredible photo captures rare kingfisher perched on a branch above Water of Leith

With its flash of turquoise feathers and copper breast it’s hard to mistaken it for any other bird than a kingfisher.

A kingfisher has been captured on camera while perching on a branch above Water of Leith in Edinburgh.

The bird, boasting bright orange and turquoise feathers, was spotted with a fish in its beak near the Antony Gormley statue nearest to Anderson Place on Tuesday.

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Edinburgh photographer Callum Robinson was lucky enough to capture the bird which is rarely seen resting according to local twitchers.

A kingfisher perched on a branch above Water of Leith in Edinburgh picture: Callum Robinson

The photo has generated a huge response from Edinburgh residents living near the area where the magnificent species was photographed.

Some locals have said they only see kingfishers in the area once or twice a year, while other bird enthusiasts said how hard it is to capture the bird on camera.

Kingfishers can usually be spotted sitting quietly on low-hanging branches over still or slow running water before suddenly diving in to catch a small fish.

The striking mix of its bright-blue back and metallic copper breast make them easy to identify from other birds.

Male kingfishers have an entirely black bill while females have an orangey-red patch at the base, according to the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

They have been known to visit people’s gardens when searching for food.

With a wingspan reaching about 40cm and weighing just 25g when it reaches adulthood, the average lifespan of a kingfisher is about two years.

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According to the RSPB they eat mainly fish, chiefly minnows and sticklebacks, but they also take aquatic insects, freshwater shrimps and tadpoles to top up their diet.