I just got back from North Carolina and spent a couple hours on a pier where there was people fishing. I had my big lens on trying to get some photos of some fish going by when a pretty little Egret landed right next to me. He was too close to get the whole bird in the picture but I got a few shots before he flew on down the pier and landed right next to someone else who was watching someone reel in a fish. After the fish was caught he headed for the cleaning table where a guy was filleting the fish and hand feeding it. This made me realize hoe easy it is for some people who live near the ocean or the gulf and other places, they can get as close to the birds as they want and have plenty of time to set the camera up and even a tripod can be used. I can’t compete with these lucky people, I think one must not even try to compete for these bird shots and instead concentrate on what they do have. Many people have expensive cameras and lens, they carve out woods on bluffs and hillsides and build houses with big decks right next to the woods and they can not only get good shots of birds but they also get more rare birds and they have lots of feeders without worrying about expense. They also feed wildlife which also comes in close for them.