It’s 720,000th time lucky! Alan McFadyen takes perfect picture of diving kingfisher in honor of his grandfather – but it took him six years and 4,200 hours to get the shot.

Alan McFadyen, who has been an avid wildlife photographer since 2009, just captured a photo that he has spent 6 years trying to get. By his count, it took him 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to get a perfect shot of a kingfisher diving straight into the water without a single splash.

Alan mcfadyen kingfisher photograph

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“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 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. 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.”

Alan Mcfadyen kingfisher photograph

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Alan McFadyen, who also runs a wildlife photography business, was inspired to love nature and wildlife by his grandfather. “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. So when I took up photography I returned to this same spot to photograph the kingfishers.”

Alan Mcfadyen kingfisher photograph

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Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets, so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience.

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