This golden eagle was snapped from the inside of its prey in Norway’s frozen mountains.
The prey in question was a red fox – a common food source for golden eagles in this region. “I got the dead fox from a scientist friend,” says photographer Audun Rikardsen, who works as a biologist at the University of Tromsø. “I had to freeze it so that I could take it on the plane with me to the mountains. They wouldn’t allow it in hand luggage.”
When Audun arrived, he cut a hole in the melting animal and placed his camera inside, its lens pointing out. It was then just a matter of waiting, with Audun triggering the camera via a remote control from his hide, 20m away.
“I finally struck gold at the end of the day,” he says. “By the time this photo was taken, the eagle had already been eating for 20 minutes. You could see the fox’s guts and bits of bones sticking out, and then the eagle looked straight at the camera.”