Magical Moment Between Pair Of Sweet Owls Captured On Camera

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The affectionate barn owls were snapped sharing a kiss before snuggling in the fork of a tree

A tender moment between a pair of barn owls has been captured in some stunning images.

The affectionate pair, who are sisters rather than a breeding pair, were snuggling together in a tree.

Leslie Arnott, 55 from Staffordshire, captured the moment during a Country Events and Falconry partnership where he teaches people how to photograph static and flying birds of prey.

‘The owls are trained but they fly free in the woodland for customers to photograph them.’ Leslie said

The owls are not a mating pair, but sisters, according to Leslie Arnott, a wildlife photographer

Mr Arnott said he had never seen anything like it when he spotted the two ‘kissing’ each other.

Mr Arnott said he had never seen anything like it when he spotted the two 'kissing' each other in Leas Marston

‘They are quite hard conditions in the dark woodland and the pair flew for a while before sharing their special moment.’

‘Despite the fact the birds are trained, it was so special when they alighted on the branch and started a little intimacy together.’

‘They started rubbing heads and getting quite affectionate. Then came the moment they appeared to kiss each other.’

‘It was probably not intentional but it was a moment I have never witnessed before or since – despite many attempts to try and get them to repeat the moment for others.’

The owls look back at Mr Arnott as he takes the photos. Mr Arnott teaches people how to photograph birds of prey in falconry events

‘They certainly looked like they tried to kiss but I guess we will never know for sure.’

‘These owls are very affectionate towards each other and work well together however they are not a breeding pair they are actually sisters.’

Mr Arnott said the affectionate behaviour continued for about three minutes but it was luck that meant he caught the moment they 'kissed' 

‘They continued their tender behavior towards one another for around three minutes but the kissing happened twice within that period.’

‘It was luck as much as skill to catch the split second moment and I’m very glad I did.’ 

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Written by Alice Joan