These two photos of Ruby-crowned Kinglets show the role of chance in bird photography:
The photo at the top was taken in a spot where I do not usually see many birds on UBC’s Vancouver campus, but this particular individual gave me many opportunities to photograph it. Unfortunately, lighting conditions were not terrific, so although I took many photos, I only got a few usable shots and all of them, like the one above, had to be tweaked quite a bit to be “presentable.”
The picture at the bottom was also taken in an unusual spot, namely a tree on a busy walkway between the Lonsdale SeaBus (ferry) terminal and Waterfront Park. In this case, I only got a single useable shot, but I thought it was fairly good (in spite of the out of focus branches in the background) and I did relatively little to tweak this photo. In fact, I actually had to tone down the sky in the background, because it was almost too blue in the original shot.