We were driving along an open crest when we spotted an eagle sitting under the canopy of a marula tree. When a bird of prey sits deep in a tree it usually indicates that it has a kill, as when they are on the hunt they generally sit higher on the outside branches.
Sure enough, a check with our binoculars revealed that it was a Brown Snake Eagle and it had caught what appeared to be a Schlegel’s blind snake.
We sat waiting for about 30 minutes for the eagle to start feeding, and when it finally did, we expected it would simply start tearing chunks of meat off with its sharp beak. What it actually did we were NOT expecting:
Ingesting the entire still-writhing snake in one long go, almost like a sword-swallower, was impressive to say the least. It was quite a thing to picture the snake still wriggling in the eagle’s crop. What was even more surprising was when the bird swooped down to the ground and caught a second blind snake, which went the same way as the first.
Nature never ceases to amaze!