If only… this American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) had turned more my way when it lifted off with its prey.
If only… I would have had more shutter speed to freeze the wing action.
If only… I would have been closer or had more focal length so this would not be a large crop.
Those are just some of the frustrations that bird photographers go through. But with each “bad image” I create I review and see what I might have been able to change to get a better shot and the next time I am presented with a similar situation I can recall those thoughts and quickly change my settings, angle or location. Taking the time to review my “bad images” strengthens me as a photographer.
Live and learn!