Monitoring is an important part of every habitat enhancement project because it allows you to see the progress of your efforts to enhance habitat and attract wildlife, and this information can help you adapt your efforts to what is actually happening on site. For these reasons, monitoring is required for Wildlife at Work certification.
But sometimes monitoring takes on a life of its own! What happens when animals decide to make off with your monitoring equipment? Sometimes, you’ll get lucky and get an up close and personal view of what that animal is up to.
On the Margaret May River in May, Australia, aboriginal rangers set up a motion-activated camera to monitor crocodiles at a gorge on the river. A juvenile sea eagle then decided to fly off with the camera, presumably thinking it was food. The camera was eventually recovered downriver, and this footage of the eagle’s thievery was recovered from the camera:
If you’d like to read the full story of what happened to the camera, you can read it about it here.