Outfoxed! Survival of the Quickest
This is the photograph of an Eastern Imperial Eagle attempting to make a meal out of a desert fox in the Bajana area of LRK. I was there to photograph the desert fox Vulpes pusilla, and true to expectations, did actually spot one! But the experience was beyond anything I had imagined.
Obviously to the danger from the sky, the relatively diminutive fox stood out in contrast for eagle eyes in the sky, its dark fur juxtaposed against the bleached landscape. Appearing “out of nowhere”, the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca swooped down upon the agile fox, which made a run for it and managed to escape the raptor’s talons time and again for around four minutes. Scarcely breathing all the while, I watch as the fox eventually sprinted away to live another day.
I love the Rann of Kutchh and was delighted to find myself exploring this surprisingly biodiverse and enigmatic desert wetland ecosystem.