Two days of waiting, one second of sheer panic - that pretty much sums up the life of a wildlife photographer. I spent the weekend with the wonderful folks at San Juan Safaris chasing Orcas. We spent a lot of time on the water looking for the resident pods and, while we saw some good things, the real treat came at the end when a fully grown male beached three times with Vancouver in the background. Each breach took less than a second and my only thought was "please God don't let me screw this up". The 6 frames below are a full breach from start to finish.
Whales weren't the only animals flying through the air. While we were out on the water a bald eagle and a golden eagle flew over the boat within minutes of each other. This was a fantastic trip and I feel incredibly fortunate to have seen these "flying wonders".