Wildlife photographer’s wife snaps amazing photo of one of world’s largest owls as it landed on his camera lens

The bird, called Bobby, belongs to a local falconer

Sarah Lumley
Wednesday 17 March 2021 17:19
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A wildlife photographer has joked that his wife beat him at his own game - as she captured this amazing photo of one of the world’s largest owls perched on his camera lens.

Keith Kirk, 64, had to stay very still as the European eagle owl - one of the world’s largest species of owl - came in to land on his camera lens, as he peered through the viewfinder.

Both Keith and his wife Caroline, 60, were literally “watching the birdie” - but it was Caroline who captured the amazing moment on camera, in Castle Douglas, Scotland.

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And wildlife photographer Keith admits that it is one of his favourite photos - but jokes that it has become a “sore point” between he and Caroline, as she outdid him on the photography front.

Retired wildlife ranger Keith said: “Everybody who’s seen that photo really likes it, and she always jokes with me that she was the one who took it.

“It’s a bit of friendly banter between us - that the wildlife photographer was pipped by his own wife.”

Keith added that the owl - which he has photographed before - came swooping in from about ten feet away and landed on his camera lens.

He said: “I do know this particular bird - he’s called Bobby, and belongs to a local falconer.

“He was very settled once he landed on my lens - I had to stay really still so as not to scare him off. His talon marks can actually still be seen on the lens.

“He’s quite a mischievous bird, and likes to turn his head in the opposite direction if he senses you’re about to take a photo of him.

“That’s why my wife had to stand off to one side and press the button to take the photo - so we could get a picture of him face on.”

And Keith added: “Hopefully with spring just around the corner, and photographers able to get out and about a bit more as lockdown starts to ease, other photographers can get this close to wildlife, too.”

Article courtesy of SWNS

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