"I don't know how you get such great shots. I am sure it is with lots of patience!"
"She must have infinite patience."
I often hear comments like these when people have viewed my wildlife photography. Patience is a huge part of photographing wildlife whether your photographing a squirrel raiding your feeders in your backyard or a mink scurrying around the water banks.
The majority of the time I spend out photographing wildlife I have to be prepared to be out in the early hours of the morning and spend the entire day in one area. And all the hours in between the morning and evening you wait, and you wait, and you wait some more.
I have spent many hours or multiple days at the same location and in return got little or no reward for my efforts. It is sometimes hard to stay focused on why I am out there. But then in one swift moment my efforts are rewarded.
I had never witnessed anything like it! I had been waiting for 2 hours for this bald eagle to take off from where it was perched to catch a meal. It was only a matter of seconds and the moment was over. It all happened so fast that I was questioning what had just unfolded in front of me. But a quick review of my images assured me that my patience had been rewarded!