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Sea eagle snatches camera, records 110-km journey

Wildlife rangers, bolt down your cameras.

This past May in Western Australia's Kimberly region, a team of rangers discovered their motion-sensor video camera, which had been set up to capture footage of fresh-water crocodiles along the Margaret River, had disappeared.

They assumed the camera had fallen into the river.

It hadn't.

The camera was recently found near the Mary River, about 110 kilometres away from where it was last seen, Gooniyandi ranger Roneil Skeen told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

When the rangers looked at the camera's footage, they identified its thief: a movie-making sea eagle.

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Video clips of the bird's caper — including a selfie or two of the feathered culprit — was released today.

While the footage is fascinating, the rangers plan on bolting down their equipment from now on.

"It was pretty amazing because it's one of the first camera traps to ever get picked up," Skeen told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "They've had camera traps moved [by animals] before, but not taken off, like a flying camera you know?"

"It was pretty cool so we were pretty shocked."

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