Eagle eye on the prize – Eagle forces jackal off prey!
This eagle-eyed bird certainly had its eyes on the prize – as it jabbed at and teased a jackal to force it to leave a kill.
The tawny eagle came upon a jackal guarding a carcass in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
The bird teased the hungry mammal and constantly bugged it in an effort to put it off its food.
The surface-to-air animal combat was captured by German photographer Ingo Gerlach, 63, from Cologne.
Ingo said: “I was just setting down to some breakfast under an acacia tree when I suddenly caught a movement out of the corner of my eye.
“Through my binoculars I could see that a black-backed jackel was having a small aerial battle with a tawny eagle.
“The whole thing looked very playful.
“Obviously the jackal did not want to leave the remains of a kill to the eagle without a fight.
“For the same reason the eagle kept on attacking the jackal.
“The jackal defended itself with artistic jumps in the air, and the whole scene lasted about four minutes.”