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The eagle has landed! Cheeky black drongo bird appears to land on the back of a flying owl

The eagle has landed! Cheeky black drongo bird appears to land on the back of a flying eagle owl

  • Photographer Mayur Shinde, 41, shot the series when she visited Jaisalmer in India
  • The birdwatcher photographed an Indian eagle owl as it floated through the clear blue sky
  • A black drongo appeared and stretched its claws as it seemed to land perfectly on the owl’s back

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This is when a black drongo seems to hit the back of an Indian eagle owl.

The two birds can be seen flying a few inches apart before the drongo stretches its claws and prepares for landing.

A perfectly timed shot shows the drongo balancing on the owl’s back, but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems.

Drongos are known to fight other birds and despite being only 28cm long, they will often attack larger species entering their breeding area.

Photographer Mayur Shinde, 41, took the photos while visiting Jaisalmer, India, to spot birds.

The Indian Eagle Owl - a large species native to hilly forests - glides through the air in Jaisalmer, unaware that its journey is about to be interrupted

The Indian Eagle Owl – a large species native to hilly forests – glides through the air in Jaisalmer, unaware that its journey is about to be interrupted

The black drongo appears out of nowhere and takes offense at the owl - which is about three times the size - and stretches its claws as it prepares to land

The black drongo appears out of nowhere and takes offense at the owl - which is about three times the size - and stretches its claws as it prepares to land

The black drongo appears out of nowhere and takes offense at the owl – which is about three times the size – and stretches its claws as it prepares to land

A perfectly timed shot shows that the drongo balances perfectly on the owl's back, but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems. Drongos are known to fight other birds and despite being only 28cm long they will often attack larger species entering their breeding area

A perfectly timed shot shows that the drongo balances perfectly on the owl's back, but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems. Drongos are known to fight other birds and despite being only 28cm long they will often attack larger species entering their breeding area

A perfectly timed shot shows that the drongo balances perfectly on the owl’s back, but the gesture may not be as friendly as it seems. Drongos are known to fight other birds and despite being only 28cm long they will often attack larger species entering their breeding area

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