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... got so taken by the scene in the viewfinder I forgot to press the shutter, new experience for me.
Been there. A few years ago, I was staking out a big tree with a Bald Eagle nest in it. The base of the tree is next to a 40-50ft cliff, which is about 30 ft above a river. You can go to the top of the cliff, and you're about 30 ft below the nest, which is about 70 ft above the base. Anyway, I was standing there, gears in hand, waiting for one of the adults to come home. I heard the wind flowing over its wings as it approached the tree. It was flying low, near the river. I saw it swoop upwards, preparing to land on a big branch about 6 feet above my head. As it approached, it fanned its wings with talons extended, and then it looked sideways into the forest, and saw me... Then, it did a sort of discontinuous, aerial double-take, glided up and over the branch, and it was gone. I forgot to raise the camera to my eye, let alone push the shutter button. Regardless, it's still in my mind's eye.