But every so often, life hands you an opportunity that works. So here is my best bird photo ever (and that probably applies to future endeavors, too).
When we first encountered this red tail hawk (Nan identified it), it was perched on a fence post smack in front of us. It was patient and posed while I grabbed my camera and adjusted the exposure settings.
Oh yeah, shooting through the windshield in autofocus does not work.
Manual focus worked but don't look too close as focus is not my strong suit. Besides the hawk had given up posing for me and returned to the business of scanning the landscape for dinner.