Michael flap-ley! Supermarket worker snaps fishing bird performing ‘river dance’

A supermarket worker has captured the moment a fishing bird appeared to perform a river dance worthy of Michael Flap-ley.

In the funny sequence of shots, the egret is holding its white-feathered wings out to the sides while daintily lifting its feet in the air as if it is doing an Irish jig.

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Emma Telford, 31, was watching the egret fishing for lunch at a birding spot near her home in Leeds, West Yorks, when it decided to ‘bust some moves’.

The part-time photographer said: “I went out to photograph the egret after hearing about it on a local birding group but with wildlife photography there’s always a chance element.

“It was quite easy to spot, a big white bird in the middle of a pool surrounded by ducks.

“It was fishing although I never saw it catch anything.

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“Something must have startled it but in the photos it looks like it’s busting some moves or having a dance.

“I’ve mainly had giggles from people who’ve seen the photos. I like to make people laugh sometimes with my photos.

“Funny photos are always more popular too, especially on social media. They get more likes and shares.”

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As well as working nights in a supermarket full time, Emma spends a lot of time doing photography for cruise and whale watching companies.

Despite getting into photography 15 years ago, Emma only developed her love for wildlife photography three years ago.