This Snipe landed in front of me in the hide but not on the preferred side. Instead it settled in direct sunlight and standing in water. A couple shots with normal EV produced a blacked out image. I eventually took the exposure value up to +2.7 to fool the camera's exposure reader. The end result is the bird in perfect exposure and the water nicely setting the backdrop of dark reflections.
However, my photos don't all end up looking like this. Exposure to me is the single most impotant factor in getting the shot. There's more to learn yet!