Here’s a flycatcher bird in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park heading along, minding its own business, when it spots a quick meal. Click to expand, if you’d like:
An eighth of a second later, it turns on a dime and heads after the flying bug:
An eighth of a second later, things looks bad for the fly. See it?
An eighth of a second later, success.
An eighth of a second later, it speeds up heading to a tree.
And, an eighth of a second after that, it slows down to make preparations for landing, we’d like to thank you for chosing to fly with us today.
The whole sequence of discovering, turning, chomping, turning again, speeding up, and then slowing down took less than a second.
What a fast little flycatcher.