Alan McFadyen is an avid wildlife photographer and has been since 2009. Recently he captured the photo of a lifetime, and it only took him six years to get right!
It took him 4,200 hours and around 720,000 photos before capturing the perfect shot showing a kingfisher diving into the water without a single splash.
“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 fortunate shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect,” McFadyen told The Herald Scotland.
“I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session, and not a single one of them be any good. However, looking back on the thousands and thousands of photos I have taken to get this one image, it makes me realize just how much work I have done to get it.”
The kingfisher is known for its vibrant plumage and living near bodies of water where it can catch its prey by diving.
“I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest, and I just remember being completely blown away by how magnificent the birds are”
“I’m sure my grandfather would have loved it, I just wish he could have seen it. All of my family contacted me when they saw it and said he would have been so proud of it.”