Sometimes you get a shot or a sequence of shots that are almost great but perfection just manages to elude you. Yesterday afternoon I was passing the time sitting in my back yard with my camera shooting the birds in my rubber tree. That tree gets a good variety of birds - Red-vented and Red-whiskered Bulbuls, Common Waxbills, Japanese White-eyes and a lot of Common Mynas. I got a few good shots but one sequence in particular came so close to being great.
The sequence below is of a myna jumping from one branch to another. (I refer to the myna as "he" but in actuality it's impossible to differentiate the sexes in the wild.) All shots below have been cropped slightly for composition.
In this first shot, the myna is perfectly framed but his wings are not quite in the best position. This is at just the start of the down flap and his wings are still a bit upright.
In this next shot, his wings are extended down a bit more but the tip is just out of the frame.
And in the last shot in this sequence, his wings are perfectly extended but by this point, a substantial chunk of wing is out of the frame.
This last shot would easily be the most dramatic of the sequence if it the whole wing were in the frame. It's something every photographer who shoots rapidly moving subjects is familiar with - the shot that got away.