They’re supposed to be the wisest of birds, but this barn owl didn’t look too clever when it had its dinner snatched by a daring kestrel during a flight over Newstead and Annesley Country Park.
Photographer Tim Cook witnessed the incident while out walking in Newstead and Annesley Park with his camera and reacted quickly to catch the impressive pictures.
He said: “I was watching two barn owls hunting in the same field. One of the birds flew off in an easterly direction and I saw the other one go to ground over the brow of the hill.
“A few minutes later it got up again having successfully caught something.
“It was flying directly towards me probably returning to feed young when all of a sudden it was intercepted by a Kestrel which promptly flew off with its catch. These majestic creatures never cease to amaze me.
“The Barn Owl then went and sat on a post for 15 minutes in a sulk.”
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