After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Captured The Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher

Animals & Nature Nov 14, 2023

Being a wildlife photographer is no easy task. It takes a whole lot of patience and a real love for what you do. Alan McFadyen has been at it since 2009, and he’s put in the hard work. He’s had his fair share of struggles, but it all paid off when he finally got that perfect shot.

After spending a whopping 4,200 hours and taking a massive 720,000 shots, Alan McFadyen nailed it by capturing the perfect pic: a kingfisher diving into the water without a single splash. He snapped about 600 pics in each session, but none of them were up to his satisfaction. Looking back at all those shots he took to get the perfect one, he realizes it took a ton of effort and dedication.

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Common kingfishers stand out with their colorful feathers, a rarity among birds in colder regions. These birds are often spotted near water, using a diving technique to catch fish. Inspired by his grandfather, who instilled a deep love for nature and wildlife, Alan developed a passion for wildlife photography.

“I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest, and I was amazed at how magnificent the birds are. So, when I got into photography, I went back to the same spot to capture the kingfishers,” Alan shared. Getting the perfect shot, with a flawless dive and no splash, required precise positioning by the photographer and the kingfisher being in the right place at the right time.

Thinking about the dedication it took, Alan said, “I never really thought about how long it was taking as I enjoyed doing it, but looking back, I’m really proud of the picture and the effort I put in.” Even though Alan’s grandfather passed away before he captured this image, it’s certain that if he were still around, he would be bursting with pride for his grandson’s remarkable achievement.