Alan McFadyens snap of Kingfisher, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

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

  • Alan McFadyen never forgot boyhood visits to Kirkcudbright, Scotland, with grandfather Robert Murray 40 years ago
  • After taking up photography he returned to the site and spent six years trying to capture perfect kingfisher dive
  • Mr McFadyen, 46, clocked up 4,200 hours at the lake and took more than 720,000 snaps before his success
  • The father-of-three now hopes to pass his love of the lakeside location along to his eight-year-old son Leighton

A photographer who used to watch kingfishers as a boy with his grandfather spent six years and took 720,000 photos trying to get the perfect shot of the bird in memory of his late relative.

Alan McFadyen, 46, was taken by his grandfather Robert Murray to see the kingfisher nesting spot at the beautiful lakeside location near Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 40 years ago.

As he grew up, Mr McFadyen never forgot his boyhood visits and so when he took up photography six years ago, he decided to make the spot the focus of his attention, taking hundreds of photos per day trying to capture a kingfisher’s flawless dive.

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Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

 

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

 

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

 

Photo By: Rostam Zandi ©

Alan McFadyen, 46, finally managed to capture a flawless kingfisher dive at Kirkcudbright in Scotland, where he used to watch the birds as a boy with his late grandfather Robert Murray.

 

Source: Photographer takes perfect snap of kingfisher after 6 years trying

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