Pictured: MAIN IMAGE: The kestrel millimetres from the ground.
This spectacular bird of prey swoops just millimetres from the ground as he hunts for food on a British road. The common kestrel looks like he is about to land - but he flies on, his wing-tips almost brushing the earth. Searching for prey such as mice, shrews, or voles, the chestnut-coloured bird circles the area and then rests on a hedge before circling again.
After about 20 minutes of repeating this cycle, the striking bird of prey, whose wings span 2.5 feet, flies away. Photographer Austin Thomas captured these stunning images near the village of Rainford, Lancashire. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.