The more time I spend photographing wildlife the more I enjoy it, but what constitutes a good shot is evolving. At first I was just excited to see the animals in the wild and a photograph was a just a bonus to prove I witnessed it. Getting a shot that was well composed and in focus was obviously the next step up. And soon I was interested in capturing some of their environment too, highlighting how natural and adapted they were to their surroundings. But now I'm focused on characteristics and behavior.
Learning more about their behavior and studying their character not only reveals more personality, it allows you to predict how best to compose the shot or when the best time to hit the shutter will be. When I learned that herons also hunted on land I knew to wait patiently until it pierced the ground and came up with a gopher in it's beak. Knowing how a coyote moves made me think of composing it sneaking through the grass, partially hidden. And in return I now want to learn more about the animals I'm photographing so I can improve every time.