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Klaserie Sands River Camp

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.

 © Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville

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.

© Jacques de Speville
© Jacques de Speville

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.

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