I imagine some people might think as a nature photographer, it's ho hum when I see a black crowned night heron (pictured below) or a double-crested cormorant (also pictured below), but they'd be wrong. There's not a time I don't feel a rush when spotting these magnificent birds in the wild.
Yesterday, I was able to get very close to this night heron -- close enough to see his amber colored eyes. I sat with him for about 15 minutes. I could have stayed longer, as he was settling in quite comfortably with me being so near, but I was ready to camera hunt some more and see what other jewels I could spot. Sometimes though taking more time and creating longer bonds with my wildlife friends is well rewarded. When a trust has been established, I think something more comes through the camera than just a portrait of a bird.