Another great ride on the Boise Greenbelt today. A little hot and windy, but good nonetheless. Then I saw this Cormorant getting ready to liftoff from his snag. But he never did fly off. Good photo of him, though. Then I saw the Osprey. It may be the same one from yesterday. One of these mornings I will start out about an hour earlier and see if I can get a photo in “hunting mode”. That would be interesting. Folks have been asking what camera settings I have been using. Here they are:

Camera: Nikon D3000

Lens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/800 sec – F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 500

Be sure to really look at the eyes of the Osprey. A Bald Eagle has a really “Don’t Tread On Me” look due probably to the face shape and the set of the eyes. But look closely here and this stare is unbelievably menacing and searching. Now that’s a bird of prey. Enjoy!