While recently exploring the Samish Flats in NW Washington I noticed a short-eared owl flying erratically with a freshly caught vole. I wasn’t the only one who noticed. The owl was trying to gain altitude with his heavy load, but other birds were chasing him, hoping to steal his meal. I tracked the owl for several seconds and waited for the inevitable as a much larger bald eagle joined the chase. When the two birds came together, I got this 8-frame sequence, all in three-quarters of a second. You can see several things happen here: The eagle had the “high ground”. He attacked from above. The owl was diving to get away, but he was about to be dinner himself, so the owl dropped the vole and immediately changed from a dive to a climb, safely avoiding the eagle’s talons. The eagle focused on the vole as it dropped towards the ground, so the owl lived to hunt another day. And yes, the eagle ended up with the vole.
I set up my GoPro to capture the entire totality. My friend Neil and I had a campsite along the Salmon River in Idaho all to ourselves. Turn up the sound all the way to hear our comments. Neil's are funny. Warning: Strong language. Not safe for work.
Looking through some pics from last year's trip to Canada. I found this video clip from the first night I saw the northern lights, along the Dempster Highway. They were so bright you could see all the colors in this video. I shot this in "real" time; this isn't a time-lapse. You can see the lights dancing in the sky. It's grainy because I had to push up the ISO to get enough light, but you can still see what's going on in the clip.