Amateur photographer catches stunning shot of owl and kestrel fighting over dinner in Bungay backyard
PUBLISHED: 09:50 02 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:50 02 May 2015
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Wildlife photographers will sit and wait patiently for months in some of the world's most unforgiving environments to catch a glimpse of nature in the raw.
So when it happens in your backyard, the light is perfect, and you have your trusty camera to hand, you can only thank your lucky stars.
That’s exactly what happened to Frances Crickmore at her farm in Flixton Road, Bungay, when she was treated to a thrilling example of how brutal breakfast time can be in the animal kingdom.
It was her husband, Graham, who alerted her to an owl being in their cattle field at around 6.30am on Easter Sunday.
The rest was a twist of fate that photographers dream of.
“My husband will often call me when he spots something unusual down in the field, and last week I had got some great shots of some hares frolicking together,” she said.
“He spotted the owl and called me and I knew they like to hunt around that time so I started taking a few pictures.
“I followed it as it swooped down
to get its prey, which was a tiny
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, the kestrel swept in and they started fighting over the vole, both trying to grab it. It was going back and forth from one to the other, until eventually the kestrel won out and flew away,” she said.
While the kestrel made off with dinner, Mrs Crickmore had
plundered a clutch of stunning images.
She said it was a breathtaking moment.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before and it was so exciting to see it happening, and knowing I was getting such great shots.
“I had my Canon 400 with a good lens on it, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get it. I was so happy,” she said.
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