osprey in flight
A couple of shots of an Osprey I took yesterday. Comments are welcome to make me better at photographing birds in flight.
You seem to be an experienced photographer, so I'm not sure what you want. To me, the Osprey in the first photograph is too far away, lacks detail and the eyes are not visible. The action is good, because it appears it might be getting ready to dive. I think I understand what you meant to do with the crop, but it doesn't work for me. The second shot is nice with the Osprey seemingly looking at you.
The thing about Osprey is they are large, they don't fly all that fast, and they do interesting things like dive and catch fish. If you can watch them long enough you will get some interesting shots.
My two cents.