A wildlife photographer captures a “once in a lifetime” moment of a bird bathing in a flower petal

We enjoy seeing unique and beautiful nature photographs. The best wildlife photographers have the ability to capture a perfect moment in time, bringing us closer to nature.

Like one photographer who photographed a “once-in-a-lifetime moment” of a bird bathing in a flower petal.

Rahul Singh is a photographer from Jalpaiguri, India, who enjoys observing local wildlife with his camera — particularly the local birds.

Singh’s Instagram account, @rahulsinghclicks, is filled with images of birds of various sizes and colors.

However, many of the most striking images feature birds enjoying the local plants and flowers.

Last year, he took one of his most memorable photos after witnessing some very unusual, rare bird behavior.

“I visited a place where there were bushes of these ornamental bananas to take photos of sunbirds sucking nectar from it,” he told The Dodo.

“Everything was going as usual when, suddenly, I was shocked that the crimson sunbird started taking a bath in the water stored in the banana flower petal.”

He was astounded and quickly snapped a series of photos of the bird cooling off in the dew. He described it as “as if nature has created a floral bath tub for her.”

The bird certainly appears to be having a good time. On Instagram, the photographer explained that the bird could probably use some cooling off on a hot morning.

“In India, the Autumn days are hot and humid but the nights are pleasant,” Singh wrote. “In the morning, dew drops are found on the edge of grass, flower petals and sometimes water is stored in the flower petals.”

Singh took numerous photographs. He’d never seen anything like it before and knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

He told The Dodo, “I was literally stunned to see this unusual behavior,” he told The Dodo. “I kept my camera’s shutter button pressed as the bird took her bath.”

The photos of the crimson sunbird’s bath have since gone viral, becoming Singh’s most popular Instagram posts.

It just goes to show how nature can surprise and amaze us if we take the time to observe the flowers.

“This was really a once-in-a-lifetime moment,” Singh said. “It’s amazing how nature can surprise us.”