Photographer snaps furious nuthatch doing impression of Angry Birds

Spitting feathers! Photographer captures furious looking nuthatch doing impression of popular mobile phone game Angry Birds

  • Wildlife photographer Will Hall was in Hampshire when he snapped the nuthatch
  • The 26-year-old said it was ‘lucky shot’ to capture the bird in the position he did
  • The small bird zoomed through the air with a fiercely determined look on its face 

This real ‘angry bird’ channelled its inner superhero as it flew like a bullet directly at the camera with its wings tucked by its side – even appearing to hide its identity with an eye-mask.

Wildlife photographer Will Hall was in Otterbourne in Hampshire last week waiting to snap some kestrels when he spotted a nuthatch a couple of metres away.

Suspecting it was going to fly towards him, the quick-thinking photographer captured a single ‘lucky shot’ of the tiny bird zooming through the air with a fiercely determined look on its face.

The photo Will Hall captured of a nuthatch channelling its inner superhero as it flew directly at the camera with a fierce look on its face when Will was out in Hampshire looking for kestrels

Thanks to the bird’s unusual face markings it even looked like it was wearing a superhero or sporting an expression that would see it fit in perfectly in Angry Birds, the popular mobile phone game.

Angry Birds was launched in 2009 and features animated multi-coloured birds trying to save their eggs from pigs. 

The 26-year-old photographer said that most photos of birds in flight show their wings spread out but the nuthatch tucks them in on their down-stroke and it was quite ‘rare’ to capture that exact moment.

The kestrels didn’t show up for sports coach Will that day but among the hundreds of photos he did snap, the ‘amusing’ and perfectly focused shot of the ‘super-bird’ stood out as his favourite.

Will, of Winchester, Hampshire, said: ‘It was arguably the best photo I got from that day – it’s quite amusing and just makes me smile.

‘I’ve heard a few people suggest that he looks like a little superhero coming straight at you with a little black bandit or face mask.

‘Most shots of birds in flight have their wings stretched out, but the way the nuthatch flies means they tuck in their wings on the downstroke – so it’s quite rare to get that ‘freeze’ moment.

Will, 26, spotted the nuthatch just a few metres away from where he was sat waiting to take pictures in Otterbourne. As he grabbed his camera the bird began zooming towards him

People have likened black strip across the bird’s face to a superhero mask or a bandit’s mask

‘Nuthatches are quite amusing in that they always look quite grumpy – he definitely looks a little bit like the Angry Bird.

‘I find birds fascinating – you can see how small and compact they are when they’re coming straight at you – it looks like a little missile.’

Will visited Otterbourne hoping to photograph some kestrels that he knew were in the area and whilst he was waiting spotted a little nuthatch a couple of metres away.

Fans of Will’s photograph likened the bird to the iconic Angry Birds cartoons from the popular mobile phone game

The birds of prey never showed up but among the 900 or so photos he took mainly of songbirds that day – the single shot he captured of the zooming nuthatch was his favourite.

Will said: ‘I saw the nuthatch from far off and I could tell that it was going to fly towards me and I just happened to fire off a shot at the right time – it was entirely luck.

‘When you see it on the little screen at the back of the camera the quality of the image is not very good, I couldn’t really tell if I’d nailed the focus until I got it back.

‘I knew it was going to be an amusing image, but I didn’t realise how good it was looking straight down the bird.

‘I didn’t think it was going to be a particularly popular post, but it seems to have been probably my most popular so far.

‘The comments have been really nice – it’s been nice to have an amusing photo that people like in quite a miserable time.’

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