I'm just an amateur, with an old, low-end point and shoot....Nikon Coolpix L11. Best place for me to shoot, is at the lake my grandmother lives on, an hour north of me in the Adirondack Mountains.
The same scenes can look different within minutes, depending on the weather's effect on lighting. Recently I was out in the boat with my father, and we are pretty sure we saw a bald eagle, carrying its prey, but we couldn't get close enough to it to snap a picture. We followed it around, just idling the boat, but it would fly on to another spot each time we'd start to get close....and when we finally decided to open the throttle to try and get close, the sound of the 351-cu. inch V8 in the boat scared it away, and it turned and flew inland.
Have to try again another day!