Osprey with flounder over the GulfOsprey with flounder over the Gulf – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 116mm, natural light, Osprey caught the Flounder

Some of my images make me laugh and this Osprey image with a Flounder that weighs almost as much as the bird does make me laugh. I was photographing  pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico with my friends Adrian and Bill at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach when I spotted an Osprey coming towards us with a wiggling Flounder in its talons. The Osprey was flying surprisingly fast and I knew it was going to fly right over top of us, I just didn’t know how low and close it would be. If it had been any closer I wouldn’t have been able to focus on the hawk at all.

I zoomed back as quickly as I could to 116mm and started firing away and as I did I started leaning and almost fell on my back as the Osprey passed over my head. Adrian and I were laughing out loud and Bill was wondering if we got any good shots of the Osprey floundering with its prey over our heads.

Me? I was just glad the Osprey didn’t drop that huge Flounder on my head!