Nature photographers can often put themselves in risky situations for the perfect shot, but how often do they put themselves at risk to save an animal?
On July 26, Polish nature photographer Krzysztof Chomicz waded into the thick coastal mud of Swinoujscie, Poland, to save an eagle that had become trapped in the gelatinous ooze. Chomicz, with the help of local firefighters and a very long and sturdy rope, waded through more than 100 feet of mud to reach the bird. Initially, the bird was unsure what was happening and attacked Chomicz, but it settled down after a time and man and bird were able to reach the shore in one piece.
The story doesn't end there, however. Even after the rescue, the bird — which turned out to be a 6-month-old white-tailed eagle — needed to be cleaned. Named Icarus by the conservation workers, the eagle was cleaned and deemed to be in good enough health to be released in Wolin National Park.
This rescue wasn't Chomicz first, either. In 2015, he saved another white-tailed eagle from a similarly muddy fate. Chomicz is one photographer who doesn't mind getting dirty to help critters in need.