Written by: Jacques de Speville
One early morning in May I was driving along the Letaba River in Kruger and I was not far from the camp when I noticed the dead body of a male impala on a sandbank in the middle of the river. A bateleur and a tawny eagle were the only witnesses on the scene as they tucked into their share of the bounty.
As there was no predator in sight, it could be assumed that the impala had been killed a few hours previously during a fight with another male.
After taking a few photos I reasoned with myself that the carcass of a dead animal would definitely attract another scavenger sooner or later, so I decided to wait to see what would happen. My assumptions were indeed correct as nearly an hour later the eagles flew away and a large crocodile came along to drag the dead impala into the river.