Fancy duck for dinner? Dramatic moment eagle swooped down to catch startled duckling

This is the dramatic moment an eagle swooped down and caught a startled duckling for dinner…..before bending over to look its poor prey right in the eye.

The Bald Eagle can be seen plucking the unlucky Ruddy Duck from the water and treating the terrified creature to the ultimate in frightening face offs before delivering the catch to its hungry chicks.

The eagle bent over to look its poor prey right in the eye after catching it

The eagle bent over to look its poor prey right in the eye after catching it

The extraordinary moment was caught on camera by Phil Lanoue, who lives near Murrells Inlet in South Carolina’s Huntington Beach State Park where the action happened.

The 60-year-old said: “I saw the eagle swoop down and hit the water. It sat there for a few seconds and I knew it was trying to get something secured in its talons.

The Bald Eagle can be seen plucking the unlucky Ruddy Duck from the water

The Bald Eagle can be seen plucking the unlucky Ruddy Duck from the water

“Suddenly the eagle burst up out of the water with a freshly caught duckling. I think the unfortunate victim was a Ruddy Duck.

“The eagle flew off towards the nest with an evening meal for its babies.

“I just couldn’t believe it when the eagle looked right back at the duck and stared into its eyes as the poor little guy was being carried away.”

The extraordinary moment was caught on camera by Phil Lanoue, he said: "The eagle flew off towards the nest with an evening meal for its babies."

The extraordinary moment was caught on camera by Phil Lanoue, he said: “The eagle flew off towards the nest with an evening meal for its babies.”