Incredible photos show a pair of dolphins showing off their acrobatic skills in the Highlands.
Footage of the animals was captured during sunset, as they leapt from the water and soared into the air.
Wildlife photographer Zaneta Blaszczyk, 30, snapped the “water ballet” at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle Peninsula.
She described the sunset colours as “unreal”, and said the “atmospheric” light is “every wildlife photographer’s dream”.
Zaneta, from Musselburgh said: “We arrived at the beach just before sunset, and it did not take us long to spot the first dolphin.
“I found myself a comfy place on the beach, from where I had a good view of the entire bay.
“The sun started to set, and the landscape looked unreal in the bright red colours.
‘It was mesmerising, like a water ballet.’Zaneta Blaszczyk
“As the sun started setting, more dolphins came to the bay and started acting more playful – there were around 15 dolphins altogether.
“The dolphins put on a great show for us as they continued playing with fish.
“It almost looked like they were playing volleyball or something similar, but instead of a ball they used a fish, that kept flying in the air from one dolphin to another before it was finally consumed.
“The dolphins were incredibly fast, so it was pretty challenging to capture them.
“It was mesmerising, like a water ballet.”
Zaneta added: “I really feel like it was once in a lifetime opportunity for me, as a photographer and wildlife watcher, to see such a spectacle.
“Everything was perfect – the light, the silence, the wonderful colours of the setting sun, and, most importantly, the setting on the camera.”
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