You probably don’t know this about me, but I love big birds. I am always on the lookout for an owl, eagle, osprey, hawk, or other ginormous bird.
I was up on the 15th floor of a Panama City Beach condo last week on assignment for a story on a new condo tower that may be built near Pier Park. As I was photographing the area, my spider senses kicked in and I looked up to see a large bird chasing another large bird. I quickly switched from my 16-35mm to my 80-200mm zoom lens to get a better look. When I saw white tail feathers my heart skipped a beat. An eagle! I began taking photos and realized that the eagle was trying to steal a fish from an osprey. I did the best I could with the lens I had on me at the time and snapped off a few frames before the birds went to the other side of the tower and out of sight of my camera.
The resulting image is not the best quality due to the fact that I didn’t have a better zoom, but I was happy to at least witnessed the event. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough to see something like this again….when I have my long lenses on me. 😉