In my last post, I mentioned a scrap between a Short-eared Owl and a Kestrel. It seems that the Kestrel (a female) took exception to the SEO hunting during the daylight hours, and when the SEO caught a vole, the Kestrel tried to claim it for itself. The ensuing dogfight was fascinating to observe and ended up with both birds (and the vole, which was in free fall!) plunging towards the earth. All, except the vole, pulled out at the last moment! Unfortunately the action was at a distance of approximately 300 metres from me so the images are pretty poor, but they do illustrate the story.
|Short-eared Owl and Kestrel (female) - near Ashby de la Zouch|