Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Bird steals camera in Australia

An eagle pecks at a camera that rangers set up along a river in Western Australia. (AP/Kimberley Land Council via AP Video)

A brazen bird has snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in north-west Australia.

The camera captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country's remote landscape.

Wildlife rangers in Western Australia released video on Monday that revealed the sea eagle's caper.

The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens.

Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles.

The camera, which is about 4-6in long and 2in wide, disappeared soon after and the rangers figured it had fallen into the water.

The rangers recently found out that the device had been found near the Mary River, about 70 miles away, ranger Roneil Skeen said. When they examined the video inside, the real culprit was revealed.

The rangers plan to bolt down their cameras from now on.

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