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Watch the birdie: Eagle-eyed photographer catches incredible pictures of orchid that looks just like a bird

  • Photographer Christian Kneidinger, 50, captured images in Linz, Austria
  • He was trying to focus on colours but after a closer look spotted the ‘bird’
  • Centre of pink moth orchid shows an optical illusion of animal in flight
  • Showed other visitors at Botanical Garden who could not believe it
  • Said he was surprised and ‘never expected to see something so magical’

An eagle-eyed photographer has captured these incredible pictures of an orchid that looks just like a bird.

Photographer Christian Kneidinger, 50, was taking pictures in a botanical garden in Linz, Austria, when he realised he was looking at something special. 

Initially the software engineer was trying to focus on the colour of the flowers but after an hour he took a closer look at the pink moth orchid and noticed an optical illusion of a bird in its centre.

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He used a DSLR 5D Mark III camera with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L lens and a Macro IS USM lens for the image  Christian Kneidinger, 50 (pictured), said: 'I never expected to see something so magical¿

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