Bird steals camera, records journey


A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-km journey across the remote landscape.

Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video Monday that reveals 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 crocodiles. The camera, which is about 10 to 15 cm long and 5 cm 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 110 km away. When they examined the video inside, the real culprit was revealed.