The photography here isn’t necessarily incredible but what happened is… Prelude: My wife and I were out on the Detroit Lake (Oregon) late last Sunday evening with another couple. This was a spur of the moment outing since we were unusually kid-less and grandkid-less last evening. It was quite late when we got to the marina, probably around 6:30 PM or later. My boat stayed at the marina as we went in the other couples boat. We were just putting around the lake very slow like. It was a nice change from the usual racing around, pulling tubes and wake boards, that we normally do. We ended up going up what's called Blowout, an inlet on the south side of the lake. As we approached the point at the entrance to Blowout, there were about a half dozen Osprey flying around so I attached my 300 mm f/4. I shot this: Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) We tootled all the way back into the cove, saw some big cruisers anchored there for the night, but not much else. We proceeded under the walk bridge and as far back as we dared in a fiberglass boat before we turned around. It is now about 8:15 PM and although the sky had gotten to be a high overcast, it was still fairly bright out as we headed out of the cove towards the lake. But the light was beginning to fade. As we reached the point to where the inlet met the lake, there were two Osprey, pretty far off, that seemed as if they were competing to pluck something from the water. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) One of the Osprey beat the other to a nice trout and carried it off with the other Osprey in hot pursuit. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) The sun was mostly behind the mountain now so there was no direct light on the subjects. I mention this because the next few pictures have washed out backgrounds because I am shooting a very dark object (bird of prey) against the much brighter sky in poor light and to bring out detail in the birds I’ve had to post process these very heavily. I used ACDSee Pro 2 beta since I’m signed as a beta tester for the product (hey, it get’s me 30% off when the full version is released). My interest in ACDSee is primarily as a DAM but I'm pretty impressed with it's editing tools. On with the story: These two Osprey, one with the fish in it’s talons, were still squabbling over the fish as the one with the fish flew towards a snag to perch on. That snag was at the point which was on the opposite side of the boat from where they had been hunting. This caused them to fly directly above us and I believe there was a third Osprey that joined the other at harassing the successful hunter. It was really quite confusing as I was desperately trying to locate them through my viewfinder and get them into focus, but they were very close and directly overhead and I was having a very difficult time finding them in the viewfinder. I am not an accomplished BIF shooter. SUDDENLY out of the sky came another bird entering into the foray! It was so close and large that I couldn’t get the entire span of it in the frame with the 300mm (I cropped this horizontally to center the bird). Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) This Eagle dove at the Osprey that had the fish causing him to drop it. Then the Eagle instantly snatched it out of the air (I am told). Sadly in all the confusion I didn’t even see that, little lone capture it. By now I am leaning backwards 10 or 20 degrees, trying not to fall over or overboard while trying to locate him through the viewfinder. I managed to capture these… Way too close... Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Bear in mind that we’ve estimated the trout to be about 12”-13” in length. And the Osprey, hurt only in pride, flies off to hunt some more. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) This all happened very quickly and very close above us. So close in fact that when we got back to the marina and were wiping down the boat we found several blood spatters spread from bow to stern. It was probably fish blood. These were all shot at 300 mm, handheld, and from a (slowly) moving boat. Luckily the lake was fairly calm.