It took Alan McFayden, of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 6 years, 4,200 hours, and 720,000 photos to get the shot he wanted.
“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,” said McFayden. And he sometimes took as many as 600 shots in a single session.
But he finally got the shot:
Of course, along the way he got a few other great shots.
As a child, McFayden was often taken by his grandfather to watch a certain kingfisher nest. He was intrigued by the birds and as an adult wildlife photographer, returned again and again to the same spot.