Photographer and safari guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson captured an amazing sequence of images showing an eagle as it snatches a crocodile from the bank of a river in the Selous Game Reserve.
According to ABC, African Fish Eagles typically eat fish and small mammals. Apparently, they’ll also like to dine on baby crocodiles.
Sheridan-Johnson, 32, works as a safari guide at the Selous Game Reserve. The photographer said that he didn’t have any clients one day so he decided to some exploring on his own.
“I didn’t have any clients to take out that day so I was driving in my land cruiser looking for interesting wildlife to photograph … I saw the fish eagle on the sand bank with something in its beak. I noticed it wasn’t a fish but was in fact a Nile crocodile. The eagle quickly took off but I got a couple of shots of it flying away.”
Here’s one of the photos taken by Mark Sheridan-Johnson. You can see more images here.
Johnson said that he’s been working at the park for nine years and has never seen an eagle attack a crocodile.
“In nine years of being a safari guide I would never expect to see this unheard of behavior. I think this eagle could be a lone individual who has learnt how to hunt for crocodiles. It certainly knew what it was doing.”