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.
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.”
STV News is now on WhatsApp
Get all the latest news from around the countryFollow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp
Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country