Kestrel pinches owl’s breakfast in remarkable photos shot on Norfolk Broads

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 4 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 4 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper - Credit: Chris Skipper

A kestrel steals an owl's breakfast in this stunning series of photographs.

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 2 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 2 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper - Credit: Chris Skipper

Keen lensman Chris Skipper, of Costessey, captured the images near Wroxham early on Sunday.

He said he had first been to visit the peregrines at Norwich Cathedral, but when all was quiet there he headed out to The Broads.

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 6 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 6 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper - Credit: Chris Skipper

'The barn owl was out more or less straight away and we watched him hunt for about half an hour,' said Mr Skipper. 'Then the kestrel came from out of nowhere and attacked him.

'It happened in a matter of seconds and the kestrel came from behind and got his talons in the vole that the owl was carrying.

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 3 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 3 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper - Credit: Chris Skipper


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'It was a surprise and then the kestrel was away with it.

'He was dragging the owl through the air to start with.'

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 5 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper

A kestrel pinching the vole from the barn owl - Part 5 of a sequence. Picture: Chris Skipper - Credit: Chris Skipper

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Mr Skipper added that his brother had visited the same spot the previous morning and seen the same thing happen.

And he believed the cunning kestrel regularly waited for the owl to do the hard work hunting, before swooping in for a free meal.

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