PICTURED: The moment a daring kestrel swoops in to steal a barn owl’s kill out of its talons above Newstead and Annesley Country Park is caught on camera

 PICTURED: The moment a daring kestrel swoops in to steal a barn owl’s kill out of its talons above Newstead and Annesley Country Park is caught on camera

PICTURED: AN owl and kestrel fight for food over Newstead and Annelsey Country Park (PHOTO: Tim Cook)

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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.

The barn owl attempts to return home with their prey (PHOTO: Tim Cook)
The owl and kestrel fight for food over Newstead and Annesley Country Park (PHOTO: Tim Cook)
PHOTO: Tim Cook

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.

PHOTO: Tim Cook

“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.”

You can see more of Tim Cook’s pictures via his Facebook page HERE

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