January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST

A team of researchers at a penguin colony tricked a falcon by disguising a camera as an unhatched egg — and what a beautiful prank it turned out to be. The falcon — a striated caracara — snatched the “egg” and took off, capturing beautiful aerial views of the penguin colony below.

Alas, after about 30 seconds, the egg cam slips from the falcon’s grasp and falls to the ground. A pair of turkey vultures tries to get in on the action, but they prove to be less skilled than the falcon and just send it tumbling down a hill.

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