Once in every lifetime, if you’re lucky, you get to witness a truly breathtaking moment unfold right in front of your eyes.
And if you’re Karen Wray-Benson, you’ll have a camera (or a phone) nearby to capture the phenomenon and preserve it forever.
The photo above was captured by Wray-Benson while she was working at the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt, and the eagle dropped down to the ground about five feet away from her window.
“I was just sitting my office working when I heard a bunch of squawking, and thought it was a crow murder, but was shocked to see an eagle standing as tall as my hip,” Wray-Benson told Victoria Buzz.
The eagle in question had a rabbit in its talons and really was being chased by a murder of crows. The moment captured in the image was right before he took flight.
According to Wray-Benson, a coworker followed the eagle’s flight after the encounter, and reported that the bird eventually gave in to its pursuers and dropped the rabbit in a field by the parking lot.
The events occurred over a span of two minutes on Friday, June 22nd at about 9 a.m., leaving Karen and her colleagues stunned at what they had just witnessed.
Here’s another photo she took of the majestic bird flying away: