It also helps to have a little bit of a stalkerish tendency when dealing with wildlife photography. Check out the awesome capture I got today while driving back into my neighborhood.
Heading home, I see this beautiful bird swoop over the top of my car and then pull up and land in the top of a pine tree about 30 feet tall. I pulled the car over, hopped out and started shooting. Then I pulled my car around for a better angle. Pulled my car forward a little. I must have gotten too close because he flew off...and I got an awesome shot.
Timing, my stalking this awesome Red Tailed Hawk (I was corrected*), some serious luck and my developing skill is what I attribute to getting this.