Shooting waterfowl and birds of prey in flight ranks up near the top of my favorite outdoor experiences. With a good Osprey population in our area frequently they are the subject I find myself tracking through the camera viewfinder.
Usually the Ospreys are too far for good photographs but on occasion while boating around a point in the lake I will catch one unaware. Such was the case when I surprised this magnificent bird at close range.
Maintaining the ISO and aperture settings as the light changes pays dividends when moments like these occur for there is no time to be tinkering with buttons and knobs as the Osprey takes Flight.