WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Behaviour: Birds

Stefan Huwiler, Switzerland

Snatch and grab

Stefan hiked for five kilometres in thick snow in the Sinite Kamani National Park in Bulgaria to reach a hide known to be a golden eagle hotspot. It was one of the coldest winters in recent years, and using a vehicle was out of the question. On the second day, he spent a long while watching a golden eagle eating a carcass. ‘I was able to get some great portrait shots,’ says Stefan, ‘but what happened next took me by surprise.’ A red fox sidled up and tried to snatch the meal, but the eagle was having none of it. ‘After a short, fierce spat, the fox fled with the eagle literally hard on its heels.’ A golden eagle can kill prey even bigger than a fox, but with a carcass to defend, the eagle was almost certainly just trying to scare the fox away rather than grab it.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 600mm f4 lens; 1/1000 sec at f5.6; ISO 400; Gitzo tripod; hide.


Sinite Kamani National Park, Bulgaria: latitude 41.7303, longitude 25.9628 Sinite Kamani National Park, Bulgaria: latitude 41.7303, longitude 25.9628

Sinite Kamani National Park, Bulgaria

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Stefan Huwiler, Switzerland