Laura and I were in northern Croatia again for a week, catching a last bit of summer before we head into autumn and winter. The place we like to camp is just half an hour’s walk from an ornithological reserve called Palud. This is a small fresh water lake with a considerable reed bed and a connection to the sea via a little canal. There is a visitors hide at one end of the lake, from where this series of photos was shot. We had been observing an osprey at the other side of the lake and were waiting for it to take off. When it finally did, it flew straight towards us and landed on a perch sticking out of the water – right in front of us! An absolutely spectacular moment!