As an amateur field naturalist it’s always a matter of luck in timing to witness “cool” natural events. Of course knowing where to be to increase those odds comes into play, but that’s kind of a given. You don’t go to the Cascades to look for diving Brown Pelicans to photograph. While it is really special to witness these events, it is doubly so to be able to document them with a photo.
We also take into the field our limitations of knowledge, observational skills, and technology. So to get all these things perfectly lined up is a special time indeed. Sometimes we just get lucky:
as in the case of this Mink crossing my path.
However there seems to be far more times where the stars just don’t line up:
as in the case of this interaction when a Rough-legged Hawk came cruising in to dislodge the Red-tail from a favored perch. Drat!