Kestrel with its head in a spin by Michael Parnwell

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Pictured:  Shaking the rain off.<br />
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A kestrel appears to 'spin dry' itself by shaking its head vigorously after getting soaked in a downpour.  The bird of prey perches on a thin wire fence and periodically attempts to dry out its sodden feathers.<br />
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The rare bird was photographed by retired university lecturer Michael Parnwell at a spot overlooking Cragg Vale, in West Yorkshire.  Prof Parnwell, 67, who lives in nearby Saltaire, said: "I had noticed that every few minutes the kestrel would have a shake to dislodge the accumulating rain water, so I waited to try to capture this with a modicum of motion blur.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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