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 the accumulating rain water, so I waited to try to capture this with a modicum of motion blur. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.