On September 27, 2015, my cousin Patrica Kelly and her husband Dennis, my cousin Randy Riegsecker and his wife Jan, Rand and Gail Nilsson and Ron and Cindy Taggart-Deffinbaugh hiked the South Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch a distance of about 7.4 miles and an elevation loss of about 4714 feet. There is no water on the trail and almost no shade. It was broiling hot -- at the bottom a thermometer on Pat's pack registered 115 degrees. We stayed the next day at Phantom Ranch, where again the high was over 100. The next day we hiked up the Bright Angel Trail, a distance of about 9.9 miles and an elevation gain of 4314 feet, although much of it is in the last 3 miles of the hike. It gets cooler as you get higher, so we hiked mostly in 70 - 80 degree weather, most of it in the shade. Thanks to Pat and Dennis for organizing this wonderful experience, and everyone in the group for being such great company.
Photos by various members of the party. See copyright notice for credit.
The following took place at Theler Wetlands in Washington State. A Bald Eagle gave chase to a Green-winged teal. The teal led the eagle in a series of circles before diving for the river with the eagle hot on its tail. The teal evaded the eagle several times and the eagle continued in pursuit. At some point the eagle gets too close to a pair of Canada Geese and one of them launches itself and takes direct aim on the eagle. The eagle apparently avoids a direct hit. The teal seeks sanctuary between the geese while the eagle makes several passes over the geese and teal.
This all took place over 500 feet from me and the photos are significantly cropped. Additionally, they were flying so quickly it was difficult to keep them in the view finder. Ordinarily I would not post blurry out of focus photos, but I think it's an interesting story.