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Snowy owl twists and swoops on a vole

  • Photographer Rick Dobson caught the moment a snowy owl stalked its prey
  • The elegant owl flew through the air with its eyes firmly fixed on its target
  • It flew close to the ground to avoid casting a shadow to alert its prey 

Its piercing amber eyes fixed all the while on its prey, a snowy owl twists and swoops noiselessly in for the kill.

Fortunately for photographer Rick Dobson, who took these stunning images, the bird’s focus was not on him but a vole, its usual source of food. 

‘The owls are hunting in farmers’ fields similar to their hunting territories in the Arctic – treeless and flat,’ said Mr Dobson, 60, of Ottawa, Canada. 

Its piercing amber eyes fixed all the while on its prey, a snowy owl twists and swoops noiselessly in for the kill

‘When they visually locate their prey, they fly very close to the ground avoiding casting a shadow and, because of specially evolved feathers, their wings make no noise at all. 

Their prey never sees or hears them coming and the end comes suddenly.’

Two weeks ago, the rare appearance of a snowy owl in Norfolk drew hundreds of birdwatchers – and Harry Potter fans. 

The young wizard’s pet, Hedwig, is a snowy owl. 

Fortunately for photographer Rick Dobson, who took these stunning images, the bird¿s focus was not on him but a vole, its usual source of food

Fortunately for photographer Rick Dobson, who took these stunning images, the bird’s focus was not on him but a vole, its usual source of food

¿The owls are hunting in farmers¿ fields similar to their hunting territories in the Arctic ¿ treeless and flat,¿ said Mr Dobson, 60, of Ottawa, Canada

‘The owls are hunting in farmers’ fields similar to their hunting territories in the Arctic – treeless and flat,’ said Mr Dobson, 60, of Ottawa, Canada

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