We decided that we would try one more boat trip as Nancy really wanted to see a Manatee in the wild and I was still hoping for a decent Osprey flight shot, so off we went to Marco Island and a great 3 hour trip. All of the shots in this post were from a moving boat, most on a monopod. I think this is a place where the 200-400 VR would have been a huge help. There is an island just off the dock where we left that has huge numbers of Pelicans and Egrets. Here is the first Reddish Egret I was able to capture. Reddish Egret: Then we come upon the first of many Osprey we see, but would this one fly? No way....... Guarding the Channel: We leave the Manatee zone and pick up speed. Ever wonder how fast a Great Blue Heron can fly? We were doing just over 20 mph and this bird overtook us: Great Blue Heron Truckin' Along: What next? Another Osprey, who is quite content to just sit where it is, darnit. Master of All I Survey: Then we find the first batch of Manatee. These creatures are really tough to photograph, as they spend almost no time on the surface. Mostly all you can catch is the tail as it recedes, but once in a while you get a little lucky. Manatee: We kept moving out into the gulf finding more batches of Manatee. They are really cool. We also found Rays and a bunch of Sea Turtles, but trying to get a shot of them was fruitless. If I posted the one I did get you would really get a laugh. About this time we need to be heading back in and I am quite bummed out, no decent Osprey flight shot. But wait, just as we are almost back we see an osprey circling and hunting, in fact 2 of them. Unfortunately neither of them could catch a decent fish, the only fish caught was too big for the Osprey to lift, which was quite funny. So I go out to the bow of the boat and realize that the monopod just isn't going to work. Off goes the monopod as well as my sunglasses. The glasses came off due to sweat :lol: , and I started shooting handheld off a moving boat with my D2H and Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 plus TC-14E. And darned if it didn't pay off. Osprey in Flight: I won't even tell you how many OOF shots I got, but to end our trip this way, wow, what a rush. To all the Floridians, thanks again for the advice. These images are all from a trip where photography was NOT the purpose. You can get your boots that we will be coming back your way when the season is right and we can get out with good light. I'm not sure I'll be trying much more of the "off a moving boat" photo's, but who knows. The toughest think will be figuring out where to go, we sure liked the parts we saw.