Owl and kestrel battle over food in the UK by Darren Dawson

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A short-eared owl defends its territory from a kestrel as the pair tussle on a branch.  The birds of prey spread their wings wide to intimidate each other and keep their balance on the dead branch, which lies in the middle of a field in Arbroath, Scotland.<br />
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The confrontation happened so quickly, amateur photographer Darren Dawson didn't realise he'd captured it until looking back on the pictures he'd taken on his trip to photograph short-eared owls.  The 47-year-old quality controller from Dundee, Scotland, said: "The short-eared owl is fighting with a female kestrel over territory or food, I would guess.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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