The reality of wildlife photography is …
that wildlife generally does not sit around waiting for the photographer, nor does it necessarily come into range. That means the one taking pictures has a lot of sitting around to do. You might find Canada Geese and some ducks easily within range, but is that substantive images?
It is if you have nice lighting and can make something of nothing in a way.
I think many would say I run across quite a lot of birds and animals in my travels, but the truth is, you only get what nature gives you. Sometimes things come together and most times they don’t. You don’t always have an eagle flying overhead.
The good wildlife photographers make it look so easy too, like they walk outside and there is a bird preening for the camera. But as anyone who does try to shoot wildlife knows, it is a tough subject to photograph and on top of that do it well.
The animals and birds are not always a willing subject, so that may take learning their behavior and how much the wildlife will tolerate.
So much depends on the weather, which is not always accommodating either. There is always the trees and forest to see what can be found.
Most times, especially if photographing in nature, you just have to take what you can get.