Kestrel taking prey from Short-eared Owl

On 20th January 1974, Mrs M. Perkins and I watched a Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus hunting in the usual manner over rough grass on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. It dropped into the grass, rose with a small mammal in its talons and flew to a passing bay beside a metalled road. Before I could reach the spot, a Kestrel Falco tinnunculus flew swiftly in the sa


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