In a first for Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve, their field cameras were able to capture a particularly special visitor as a majestic martial eagle posed for the camera.
Footage shows the large bird of prey holding onto its latest meal with fierce talons and long slender legs. It seemed to have recently caught some kind of buck and had decided to take up a perch on the mountainside to enjoy its catch.
While the reserve cameras are often able to capture a nimble leopard passing by, this is the first time they have caught a glimpse of a martial eagle, especially while feeding.
The specific camera that captured the rare image is often visited by leopards as they roam the mountainous slopes. A particularly poised predator was spotted passing by recently: