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Kestrel V's Barn Owl

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Kestrel V's Barn Owl

Post  littlewid on Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:54 pm

Amazing pictures of a Kestrel and a female Barn Owl fighting over food. The Barn Owl had her lunch when the Kestrel swooped in and stole it from her. It a shame the Barn Owl lost out but rather that than being hurt and unable to fly and hunt as she may have had young to feed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3200221/Get-lunch-Incredible-pictures-barn-owl-fighting-hungry-kestrel-s-mid-air-swoop-snatch-vole-caught.html

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:13 am

WOW Amazing shots and sad that they were both having to fight over the same vole, I think there's another shortage this year which makes it tough for barn owls and kestrels.

Thanks for sharing Littlewid a really amazing story.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:05 am

Incredible photos thanks LW. I didn't think a kestrel would take on a Barn Owl to be honest. The Water Vole population has dropped by a 5th since 2011, the latest Bank Vole numbers I can find from British Wildlife are 2.3 million pre breeding season, but I'm not sure what dates that from

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Post  littlewid on Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:02 pm

Im pleased you both enjoyed the pictures. I didnt realise a Kestrel would take on a Barn Owl either and it is sad they are fighting over the same food source. I know the Owl is a female but I wonder if the Kestrel was too and they were both feedi g young. Its a shame the vole numbers are declining but it seems to be so for so many animals isnt it....the only thing thats on the Increase is people!!!!!!

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