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The Eagle has landed! The cheeky black drongo bird seems to be sitting on the back of a flying owl


The Eagle has landed! The cheeky black drongo bird seems to land on the back of a flying eagle owl

  • The 41-year-old photographer Mayur Shinde started the series when she visited Jaisalmer in India
  • The bird watcher photographed an Indian eagle owl gliding through the clear blue sky
  • A black drongo appeared and held out its claws when it seemed to land perfectly on the owl's back

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This is the moment when a black drongo appears to land on the back of an Indian eagle owl.

The two birds fly just a few centimeters apart before the Drongo stretches out its claws and prepares for landing.

A perfectly timed setting shows how the drongo balances on the owl's back – but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems.

Drongos are known to ward off other birds, and although only 28 cm long, they often attack larger species that invade their breeding area.

41-year-old photographer Mayur Shinde took the photos when he visited Jaisalmer, India, to watch birds.

The Indian eagle owl – a large species native to hilly forests – glides through the sky in Jaisalmer without knowing that its journey will soon be interrupted

The black drongo emerges from nowhere and insults the owl, which is about three times larger and stretches out its claws as it prepares to land

The black drongo emerges from nowhere and insults the owl, which is about three times larger and stretches out its claws as it prepares to land

A perfectly timed shot shows the drongo balancing perfectly on the owl's back - but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems. Drongos are known to ward off other birds, and although only 28 cm long, they often attack larger species that invade their breeding area

A perfectly timed shot shows the drongo balancing perfectly on the owl's back – but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems. Drongos are known to ward off other birds, and although only 28 cm long, they often attack larger species that invade their breeding area

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