Bird’s-eye view

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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.”

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