Keeping close watch on its prospective prey, a Bald Eagle readies itself for a dive toward its unsuspecting victim. Down below, a prairie dog was blissfully grazing in a field, totally unaware of the fate that was about to befall it.
In a stunning scene that lasted less than five seconds after this picture was taken, the eagle leapt into the air and plummeted to the ground. With its talons extended in front, it snatched the rodent, too to the air again and headed off to enjoy its well-earned meal.
Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.