There are times when I have to forego a shot in order to be a better photographer. There are certain techniques that take practice; for instance, using rear curtain sync with flash in order to blur the wings and keep the head sharp. If I try this, I might miss the shot. I know that I could just use a fast shutter speed without the flash and get a good shot. That's easy- I'm not learning anything. I think it's impotant that if I'm in an area where there are alot of birds coming and going to practice my photography skills rather than just take the easy shots.