After 6 years and 720,000 attempts, wildlife photographer Alan McFadyen takes the perfect shot of a diving kingfisher. The project was inspired by his late grandfather, who would take McFadyen to see the kingfisher nesting spot near Kirkcudbright, Scotland when he was six-years-old.
For six years (approximately 100 days a year), McFadyen returned to this nesting spot with hopes of capturing a kingfisher’s flawless dive.
“The photo I was going for of the perfect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash required not only me to be in the right place and get a very lucky shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect,” McFadyen recalled to The Herald Scotland. “I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good. But now I look back on the thousands and thousands of photos I have taken to get this one image, it makes me realise just how much work I have done to get it.”