Timing is everything in wildlife photography.
Last week, while riding the bike trail, I passed a field where the yellow coneflowers were bursting with blossoms and the Goldfinches were having a feast. Through my Nikon Premier LX 10×25 binocular, I could see the birds perched on the flower stalks and instantly knew it would make a sensational pic – brilliant yellow on both bird and flower.
I went back, yesterday, just one week later, Kowa 663 spotting scope and Pentax A10 camera in hand, with high hopes. Alas, the coneflowers had faded and gone for the season, at least in that field. The Goldfinches were still there, but showed no interest, of course.
Hardly a wasted trip, though. The weather was perfect and the birding was good, considering the season. As far as the pic, oh well, always next year.