Going back time and again to the same spot to photograph the same subject would no doubt seem pointless to most people. After all, how many photos of the same bird do you need ? You’ve got your picture, move on. But that would be missing the point entirely. For example, here’s a nice enough picture of a female Mallard.
In contrast, here’s a nice photo of a fishing Egret.
So ideally, how to improve on the Egret shot ? If the bird was just a little closer. If the wind conditions were the same as they were for the duck shot with the nice calm water. If the bird would have been facing north instead of east. And finally, and maybe most important, the egret would have been standing in that beautiful golden light instead of the duck. So all the components are there for the photo that I have visualized. It’s just a matter of everything coming together under the right conditions.