A stunning image that shows a seagull as the latest addition to the world-famous RAF Red Arrows has become an Internet hit, writes Barry Smyth.
Photography student Jade Coxon captured the moment using a Nikon DSLR
First-year photography student Jade Coxon, 18, captured the amazing moment as she took pictures at the Llandudno Air Show on Saturday.
And, since posting the stunning snap online on Sunday, Jade is over the moon to now have more than 1million views.
The crisp pic clearly shows eight of the Red Arrow airplanes in tight formation trailing their famous vapour. But, where the ninth plane should be, an intrepid seagull holds the formation in place and, amazingly, even has its own vapour trail.
Jade, of Llandudno, said she couldn’t believe her luck at getting the perfectly timed shot.
But the Chester University student remained modest about her achievement.
‘It was mainly luck but I was really happy with it.
‘I saw the seagull fly in the way of the picture before I took it.
‘It is completely covering the plane so you can’t see it and the airtrail is behind the seagull.
‘I was there to take pictures of the air show, I was taking pictures of the planes and the seagulls as well and then both things joined together,’ said Jade.
The internet sensation said her picture has become ‘really popular’ over many websites.
‘It’s been really busy for me for the past three days.
‘People have seen it from across the world, people have seen it in Australia and New Zealand.
‘I’ve seen it on Reddit and Imgur. On Imgur it’s had over a million views.
‘It’s hard to tell how many in total as it spread over so many websites.
‘It’s given me a real boost to keep putting content up,’ she said.
Jade added that her family are very proud of her, including her dad who is a professional photographer.