An extraordinary story has emerged from Australia of a bird stealing a video camera which was being used to record the activities of crocodiles.
The camera continued to operate, and thus it was possible to see details of its flight of some 70 miles (110 kilometer) across a remote part of northwest Australia – literally a “bird’s-eye-view.” The camera is 10 to 15 centimeters (four to six inches) long and five centimeters (two inches) wide.
The bird was a Sea Eagle, and the footage clearly shows the moment the bird seized the camera and flew off with it. The video images that the bird took were released by wildlife rangers. The flapping wings can clearly be seen and then, following the current fashion, the bird took a “selfie,” peering straight into the camera lens.
Rangers had set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May, in order to capture images of crocodiles. Soon after it was installed it disappeared, and the rangers assumed that it had fallen into the water.
The camera turned up recently near the Mary River, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) away from its original location. Wildlife ranger Roneil Skeen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that when they examined the video they learned that it had been stolen by the bird.
Skeen added that, from now on, the rangers plan to bolt down their cameras to prevent the possibility that another bird might steal another camera in future.