By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane

A PHOTOGRAPHER transforms the viewer into a fish being preyed on by a giant sea bird

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Alejandro Prieto found this petite sea bird foraging for it's dinner by chance

Wildlife photographer Alejandro Prieto snapped a murrelet diving for its dinner in Baja California, Mexico - but from 'a fish eye view'.

He was following humpback whales when he photographed the murrelet from below

The Mexican photographer said: “I entered the cold November water to photograph a pair of humpback whales which passed by very quickly.

"Swimming back to the boat I saw a small moving object in front of me - it was a murrelet submerging its head to feed on the tiny crustaceans."

Uh oh! The angle makes the viewer feel as though they're the food of choice

Prieto was fortunate enough to witness this extremely quick encounter as the large bird only popped its head under the water for less than a minute.

It's hard to tell if the photographer is spying on the sea bird, or the other way around
Dinner time: The murrelet was hunting for tiny crustaceans

He said: “Under normal circumstances as you’d get close it’d fly away, but surprisingly instead of this it just kept feeding in front of me.

All of the photographs were taken with one minute

“By approaching very slowly I was able to get close from beneath, thankfully it stayed there for a few moments allowing me to capture this behavior.”

The birds are known to suddenly submerge into the water once they have spotted their food

Unlike other sea birds, the murrelet is usually found on the water in pairs or alone, rather than in large flocks.

The little bird usually hunts pairs or alone, rather than big flocks like other sea birds

This rare bird only lays one blue egg a year, on the flat, mossy branch of a redwood. Both murrelet parents then forage food for the chick, avoiding peregrine falcon and hawk attacks.

Their hunting technique involves them floating on the calm ocean, and suddenly submerging to catch their prey, which varies from small fish to crustaceans.

Alejandro spotted this petite sea bird feeding by chance, and had to move quickly to capture it on camera.

Gotcha! The murrelet plunges into the water for it's prey

He said: “The bird was moving constantly, and I quickly had to set the correct settings on the camera, this is a wild animal, it only gave me a few moments to get the most photos I can.”

Unfortunately due to coastal oil spills intruding on their vulnerable habitat, there has been a serious recent decline in the population of this mysterious sea bird in recent years.