A sea eagle's flight from the perspective of a prey, thanks to recovered footage (video)

Eagle prey point of view camera photo
Screen capture Youtube

What's that in my nest?

Motion-activated cameras are a great tool to study wildlife. But sometimes you think you're going to film one species and end up filming another. Park rangers set up a camera near the Margaret River in Australia to try to film fresh water crocodiles, but the camera then disappeared. The rangers thought it had been knocked over and fell into the river...

But what actually happened is what you will see (part of it, anyway) in the video below. The camera was picked up by a sea eagle who took it on a 68 miles journey. When the camera was found a few weeks ago, it was damaged, but three 30-second clips were recovered, showing what happened.

Roneil Skeen, a ranger, says he and the 14-strong ranger team were shocked to see the aerial journey play out in high-definition.

"It was pretty amazing because it's one of the first camera traps to ever get picked up," he said. "They've had camera traps moved [by animals] before, but not taken off, like a flying camera you know? It was pretty cool so we were pretty shocked."

Here's what a sea eagle looks like:

Sea Eagle photoUSFWS/Public Domain

Sea eagles vary in size, from Sanford's Fish Eagle averaging 2–2.7 kg to the huge Steller's Sea Eagle weighing up to 9 kg. At up to 6.9 kg, the White-tailed Eagle is the largest eagle in Europe. Bald Eagles can weigh up to 6.3 kg, making them the largest eagle native to North America. The White-bellied Sea Eagle can weigh up to 3.4 kg. Their diets consist mainly of fish and small mammals. (source)

Such a beautiful creature!

Via ABC, IFLScience

See also: Strapping Cameras to Birds of Prey = 150 MPH Dives, 10g Turns, Barrel Rolls, etc (Videos)

A sea eagle's flight from the perspective of a prey, thanks to recovered footage (video)
The camera was recovered about 68 miles from where it was set up...

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