Newest Augusta professional sports team shares inspiration behind logo

Published: Apr. 25, 2018 at 9:04 AM EDT
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

(News 12 This Morning)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- As the Augusta 706ers gear up for their first season in ABA, they have revealed their logo and the inspiration behind it.

The team is using the belted kingfisher as their logo. Ownership says before the franchise was named the 706ers, the idea of using kingfisher as a name was thrown out there.

President and co-owner Scott Killebrew says, "We really had a connection to the bird. If you go and learn a little bit about it you see that its fiercely loyal and protects its territory.” All traits they hope the team posses this upcoming year.

What you might not know is the belted kingfisher is a pretty elusive bird to find. They’re tough to catch on camera, but one local photographer has had the rare opportunity to photograph the bird on more than one occasion.

With his camera in hand, Ralph Gaines, owner of Simply Unique Images Photography is ready to capture anything nature throws his way.

He says, “Photography is just a good way to be able to relax and record that moment and share that moment with someone else.”

Ralph has been doing nature photography for the past five years. The US Army veteran has been taking photos for decades, but says this is the most fun he has had snapping photos.

“You get pretty excited not knowing what you're gonna see and when you see it you're like - 'Wow, okay that's a first.' So you just keep wanting to come back and experience something new,” he says.

After another photographer shared a photo of a kingfisher with him, he immediately wanted to experience what it was like to catch one of those on camera.

Ralph says, “That person felt pretty excited they finally got a shot of it.” So he kept an eye out for the belted kingfisher around Phinizy Swamp.

Since then he’s taken a photo of the bird on more than one occasion. “Each time it has been in a different setting: flying across the pond, going down catching a fish, sitting on a tree eating a fish,” he says.

Ralph understands moments like those don’t come often. We didn’t find one when we walked three miles around the swamp, but Ralph says there are so many other things out there to appreciate.

“You just go out there with an open mind and just go with whatever comes your way,” he says.