I've clocked at least 18 hours farming the Hyacinth Macaw. My RL friend has been going at it on horde for about a month, and that worried me until husband noted that I've farmed more hours per day than she probably has -- he hasn't seen her on much except for raids.
On Moon Guard, I have a policy of skipping over land-bound mobs if lowbies are questing in the area, as well as bosses on ships.
One of the lowbies I passed was a cute human mage named Rynthia, memorable because I have a horde bank named Rinthea. I respected her space and left large swaths of mobs for her.
It was a trade-off. I got my self-respect, but I missed the little beauty she listed on the AH last night.
That's right. I placed an 8,000 gold bid on the macaw I could have gotten if I'd been a meaner person.
I got outbid (10k buyout) this morning and felt relieved. That's a lot of gold and I'd already spent so much time that I might as well keep going.
Husband put it best: "Yeah, it's disappointing, but each mob has an individual drop chance. [Guildmate] decided to farm the fishing mount and got it on the third cast. It just works out that way sometimes."
"Yeah," I sighed, starting to smile but keeping it out of my voice. "I tried to farm Ashes of A'lar, and . . ."
Husband began to laugh. "Yeah, you don't get to complain."
I laughed. "I really don't."