14 Jun 13. Drift back to the two images I shared at the end of last week, and put yourself at the far end of the marshy area in which the crane was nesting. Walking from that far end all the way to the other side, the end where you could see the church, took me the better part of an hour, just looking at all the beauty in the marsh and trying different angles to fully capture what I was seeing, plus also trying to get the bird to show me a bit more than she did. I was so excited with what I was observing that I got into my car to call Jan to share with her that which I could. As the road noise was quite loud, I had the windows rolled up and the camera on the seat beside me. As we were talking, an osprey flew directly across the front of the car, made a sharp 90 and flew right by the passenger side of the vehicle, swooped down, and grabbed a fish right before my eyes and departed with the fish hanging beneath it. I got to witness it all first hand, and the camera was NOT in my hands. I berated myself for days about that loss of a great opportunity. On most days at home we take Maggie for a walk and I almost always take the camera along. One day last week, the weather not being as nice as I would like it, I left the camera home as we walked the mile to the beach. As we were watching Maggie romp around on the sand, this brown bird flew past us, went a ways down the shoreline, then suddenly dropped into the surf, and then made a return flight right in front of us almost at eye level with a fish in its talons. Another osprey, and another missed opportunity. Not often you are given two wonderful opportunities like that only to blow them both. Oh well, perhaps one day there will be a third time with the camera in hand. Not all was a loss, as the beach was rather nice to see, but it would have been oh so much better having captured that osprey with breakfast in hand. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f /14.