SILENT SKIR­MISH

MICHEL D’OULTREMONT, BEL­GIUM Win­ner, Ris­ing Star

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Photo Story -

Two short-eared owls squab­ble over a mouse in Cam­brai, north­ern France. This owl’s mot­tled plumage usu­ally cam­ou­flages it against veg­e­ta­tion, so Michel waited eight days for snow to use as a back­drop. As the owls showed off their aerial agility, he fo­cused on their pierc­ing yel­low eyes, framed in black. He got his pic­ture, but nei­ther owl got its meal: “The mouse fell and es­caped alive.”

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