Bird of prey swoops to snatch duck and carries it in talons before catch escapes

This is the awe-inspiring moment a bird of prey who fancied duck for its dinner made a bold attempt to catch a super-size meal.

These images, which you could call quackers, show the western marsh harrier as it swooped down to snatch the unsuspecting duck.

Gripping it firmly in its gnarly talons, the beady-eyed raptor carried the aquatic bird in its claws over wetlands.

Vishesh Kamboj caught the dramatic scenes on camera in Keshopur Wetland, north India.

He managed to get a series of powerful images.

Vishesh said the huge harrier managed to carry the duck across the vegetation before the creature squirmed free.

The 38-year-old, who is a court judge, said: "It left me stunned and surprised.

"I had never seen this raptor going for such a big prey in the past. Nature is full of abundance and always leaves us speechless but, at the same time, craving for more."

According to Vishesh, the disorientated duck scurried back to the pond after it wriggled out of the bird's claws.

The harrier was left reeling and forced to look for its next meal elsewhere.

Vishesh continued: "To my utter surprise, the harrier had an alive duck hanging from one of its talons.

"It managed to pull the duck up in the air for some metres but later on, due to sheer weight of the duck and gravity doing its job.

"The duck slipped from the talon and fell back into the vegetation.

"On finding its catch had slipped away, the western marsh harrier flew away from the spot."

The western marsh harrier is a particularly large variety of the species.

A bird of prey from temperate and subtropical western Eurasia and adjacent Africa, it is also known as the Eurasian marsh harrier.

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