What a wild thing to catch on camera.
Birds of prey are some of the coolest predators out there. Seeing them in any form of action is always a treat.
Barn owls are one of the most recognizable owls in the world. They have a distinctive heart-shaped face and are known for their ability to fly almost silently. Male barn owls typically weigh around 1 pound, while females can weigh up to 1.6 pounds.
These birds are typically found in open grasslands, farmland, and wetlands., and are primarily carnivorous. They feed on a variety of small mammals, such as mice, rats, and voles
Kestrels are a smaller bird of prey that are often found in open areas such as fields, meadows, and grasslands. Male kestrels typically weigh around 3.5 ounces, while females weigh around 4.6 ounces. These birds are known for their unique colors, with a rusty-red back and tail and blue-gray wings.
Kestrels are carnivorous and feed primarily on small mammals. However, they are also known to eat insects, reptiles, and even other birds. Kestrels are diurnal, which means that they hunt during the day in most cases.
These birds aren’t usually thought of as a pair to interact much, but they are known to have a bit of a rivalry. These two birds of prey often compete for the same food sources, such as small rodents and birds. In some cases, they have been known to fight each other to defend their nest or food.
This camera on a nest box caught a very unique interaction on video.
A barn owl is seen sitting in the box as the sun shines through the opening. A kestrel appears and looks in at the owl. The owl immediately attacks and latches onto the kestrel with its talons.
The pair flap back and forth in the box, each grabbing onto one and other with their talons. Eventually, the larger owl seems to gain control of the battle. The fight is said to last a half hour before the kestrel had enough and made its escape back into the clear.
That is one wild bird fight… these birds of prey are some vicious predators.