Kingfishers are one of the most common types of medium-sized birds found around the world. There are around 90 different species of kingfisher in existence and, surprisingly, many of them don't specialize in hunting fish. Usually seen perched above their hunting grounds, they eat a variety of foods including crustaceans, frogs, worms, insects and reptiles.
For 46-year-old Alan McFadyen, the last 6 years has been a constant battle to capture the perfect shot of a kingfisher. After 720,000 attempts, he finally achieved his goal.
Spending 4,200 hours over the course of 6 years, this is the result of Alan's labor:
The father of three couldn't be happier with the results of his dedication and perseverance.
The photographs were taken near a nesting spot around Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
Alan only took up photography 6 years ago and he made this his primary project.
The pursuit of this photo was inspired by Alan's grandfather, with whom he would watch kingfishers as a boy.
Alan's grandfather passed away at the age of 78 in 1994. This set of photos is dedicated to him.
Since the shots were made public, Alan’s photos have gone viral on the Internet and are now one of the most popular galleries posted on Flickr. As he becomes famous for these photos, Alan never forgets the person who inspired it all.
Via: Bored Panda | Alan Mcfadyen