I had just turned off the main drive onto the short road to the parking lot for the John E Poole Wetland when this hawk plunged from out of the blue into the tall grass about 10 M in front of my car. I had just enough time to pull over, grab my camera, step out and get this one decent shot as it rose up with its prey ( Pocket GopherI think) as I stood on the road. I didn't even look at my settings which were not optimal for a flight shot, but I was glad to get this chance.
Red-necked Grebe family.
Thanks to the great strength of still photography, I'm glad to be able to freeze those fleeting moments that may otherwise have been unnoticed.
(Taken on Beaumaris Lake, Edmonton, Alberta)