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Photo Of The Day: This Photographer Finally Captures The Perfect Shot Of A Kingfisher

Kingfisher Dive Photo

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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.”

What We Loved This Week: Thrilling Star Wars Lego Scenes

The haunting time capsule that is China’s last communist village; Lego Star Wars scenes as exciting as the genuine article; the death-defying world of ice climbing; terrifying Black Friday facts and photos; and iconic paintings brought to life.

Storm Trooper Star Wars Legos

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Thrilling Star Wars Scenes Created With Legos

Star Wars Legos Han

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In 2009, Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimaki started photographing his son’s Star Wars Legos. It was simply a way to hold on to the memory of his young child enjoying his toys before they broke or got lost or became old news, but when Lehtimaki posted them to Flickr, more and more people began taking notice. Now, six years later, the hours of hard, detailed work he puts into each scene has paid off—an entire book of his photos is being released. See more at The Washington Post.

Star Wars Legos Storm Trooper

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Photo Of The Day: Meet Your 2015 Presidentially Pardoned Turkey

Tom One Gets The Pardon

Tom One is chosen as the next turkey to be pardoned by the president at Foster Farms in Modesto, Calif. Image Source: The Modesto Bee

An outgoing personality, fluffed up good looks and knowing how to strut your stuff can get you a presidential pardon—take Tom One for example, a Foster Farms turkey chosen for the presidential turkey pardoning of 2015 in front of a group of 5th graders in Modesto, Calif. The annual presidential turkey pardoning is one of America’s most bizarre holiday traditions, right up there with Groundhog Day, but with more big business and less history. Despite the news media covering the event as if it’s as American as the constitution, turkey pardoning has a relatively short history.

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