Dove at first bite! Hungry Croc snaps a Dove!
This sorry dove got more than it bargained for when it flew a little too low over the Chobe River in Botswana and became a snack for this crocodile.
The satisfied croc could not conceal his meal, and ended up covered in the dove’s feathers.
The feathery feast was captured by professional wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever from Pertoria, South Africa, whilst he was leading a photographic tour.
The tour, which was via boat along the river, came barely four metres from the crocodile when the dove met its fate enabling Wim, 43, to get these amazing shots.
Wim said: “I was leading a photographic tour when I captured this moment.
“We were in a photographic boat – it is a boat with a very shallow hull, which means we can get close to the edge of the river, but it also means that you have to lie really still in the boat to stop it from moving.
“The crocs were hunting in the shallow waters next to the river, and the doves were coming down to the edge of the river for an early morning drink, so we could see something was about to happen.
“My camera was focused on the wrong croc so I had to swing round and it happened right in front of me.
“You don’t often see the actual moment that it happens because it happens so fast.
“I have seen crocodiles eating birds before, but it takes time and patience to photograph it. I have seen it but I have never been in a position where I can photograph it.
“I love the comical element to these photos, with the croc looking at you with feathers all over his face as if he hasn’t done anything wrong, as if he didn’t just eat a dove.”