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Perfect timing for keen wildlife photographer as he wins weekly picture competition

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 January 2016

Picture of the Week competition winner from Kevin Coote.

Picture of the Week competition winner from Kevin Coote.

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THAT’S LUNCH!: An amateur wildlife photographer has described how this image took “a lot of patience” to capture - but the perfect outcome was clearly worth the wait.

Kevin Coote’s image of a Kingfisher about to eat a small Stickleback was selected by the judges as our weekly competition winner.

Mr Coote, of Cavendish Close, Lowestoft, took the image at the Hen Reedbeds, near Blythburgh.

It marks the second win for Mr Coote after he previously won with an image of some swans fighting, again close to the area of Blythburgh.

Reflecting on what must be his “lucky area”, Mr Coote - who works as a gardener for Waveney Norse - said: “I go to the Hen Reedbeds quite regularly and I try to get photos of the Kingfisher.

“I got a lot of shots of it diving but when I downloaded my images back at home, I saw I had captured this perfect shot.

“It was one of a series of shots I took, and before I have taken shots where the fish is on beak of the bird, but I have never had one in the middle like that.”

Mr Coote said he does a lot of wildlife photography and is a “very ethical photographer” – by not using any bait to capture his images.

“I am over the moon to have won the competition,” he added.

“It took a lot of patience but it was a nice, sharp shot.

“I took the image on my Canon 70D camera using a 600mm lens.

“It was taken close to where I won the competition before so I guess it must be my lucky area.”

As our winner, Mr Coote receives a 12in x 10in framed version of his photo, worth more than £60, from Picture Studios, of London Road North, Lowestoft. By progressing to our next six-monthly winners’ final, he is also in with a shout of winning the top prize – a 12in x 18in photo block, worth £130.

Entries can be of any subject, but they must be digital images taken by amateur photographers.

■ To enter, email us your pictures, and your details (daytime phone number and a mobile too) to: lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk


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