Crested Serpent-eagle and the Red Junglefowl

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In his fruit farm in Johor, Malaysia, Tan Teo Seng has always noticed a lone Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela) perching high up on a tree branch for hours on end (above). What this serpent-eagle is keeping an eye on is the family of Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) foraging below (left). The raptor is waiting for an opportunity when the chicks are left alone for a few seconds. It would then swoop down and snatch one, to return to its perch and enjoy its meal.

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