Great selfie. Not a trace of duckface
December 3, 2013 1:18 AM   Subscribe

Eagle steals a camera that was set up to film crocodiles, flies off with it and transports it over 100 kilometers. The motion-sensitive camera was triggered three times, so we get to see the young sea-eagle fly away with it, setting it down and pecking at it. The camera was found and recovered through sheer luck. The footage is worth seeing.
posted by Too-Ticky (17 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Well, I liked it, but my cat came from ACROSS THE ROOM to look at the birdie.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:26 AM on December 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

You mean the camera wasn't a GoPro?!
posted by Gordafarin at 3:14 AM on December 3, 2013 [2 favorites]

"We knew it was a juvenile eagle because the adult sea eagles, once they get their food or their prey, they usually take it right up into the sky and drop it," he said.

It could have gripped it by the husk.
posted by three blind mice at 3:31 AM on December 3, 2013 [8 favorites]

Gordafarin: "You mean the camera wasn't a GoPro?!"

This is how viral marketing works. Even when it isn't, it is.
posted by chavenet at 5:11 AM on December 3, 2013 [10 favorites]

God DAMMIT we have got to do something about this rampant eagle delinquency.
posted by COBRA! at 5:20 AM on December 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

The Gooniyandi Rangers.

By the way: Crocodile Meat Trap!
posted by pracowity at 5:41 AM on December 3, 2013

He got it home and started pecking at it. That's what I do when I've got a new gadget too.
posted by vewystwange at 5:46 AM on December 3, 2013 [7 favorites]

I wonder what they meant at the end of the article by bolting the camera down. Will they secure it somehow to stakes driven into the earth? Obviously whatever they do can't cause major damage to the habitat they're filming in.
posted by koucha at 6:21 AM on December 3, 2013

It's like a really violent unboxing video, from the point of view of the box.
posted by xingcat at 6:28 AM on December 3, 2013 [7 favorites]

Something about the attitude of the eagle really looked annoyed or disappointed or something that the camera was not, in fact, edible.
posted by immlass at 7:56 AM on December 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by gwint at 8:15 AM on December 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

For a few summers I had about a dozen of these cameras and we have hours of footage of various animals seeing them from a ways away, approaching and staring directly into the lens. Often they would even put their front paws up on the camera so they could really eyeball the lens from close up. Which begged the very important scientific question: how the fuck do they know about lenses?
posted by fshgrl at 11:06 AM on December 3, 2013 [2 favorites]

Needs more James Franco.
posted by hwestiii at 12:31 PM on December 3, 2013


Prey's-eye view
posted by KokuRyu at 12:43 PM on December 3, 2013

I have a shelf above the headboard of my bed that my birds like to hang out on, so I get to see a smaller and cuter version of this pretty much everyday.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:18 PM on December 3, 2013

This is what you see before you die.
posted by converge at 1:42 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Prey's-eye view: Penguin edition
posted by gwint at 10:23 PM on December 4, 2013

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