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.

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...
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