Beautiful Mistakes: Serendipity

Challenge #11 in the Ways of Seeing series. Hosted by jezsik.
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Sometimes you focus your lens on one thing but end up with an image of something entirely unexpected. It may be due to an incorrect setting (e.g. mis-focused) or something happening within the frame that you couldn't anticipate (e.g. a new element entered the frame). For this challenge, describe the shot you had intended and explain how the resulting image differs. This is not about how the subject suddenly moved or changed (e.g. the subject made a funny face at you), but how something totally fortuitous occurred. Important, you MUST provide an explanation or be disqualified (see additions rules).
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Great Blue Heron surprises Gopher and me!
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I was on a lunch break from a conference being held at a Hotel by the San Francisco Bay in Berkely, CA, and decided to get out my camera and maybe get a few gull pictures near the water. I noticed a Great Blue Heron strolling up a grassy knoll. I thought, "Great, I can get a Heron pic!" Next thing I knew, it gazed at the ground, and in an instant, as I was looking through the viewfinder, nailed a gopher! The whole sequence can be seen here: http://www.pbase.com/rbfresno/hunting_heron&page=all
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Submitted: Wednesday, 7th October, 2009 06:32 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 23rd March, 2005
Focal length: 340 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 320
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