Patience personified with this stunning shot of a barn owl

Geoff Coleman had a "very lucky morning" as he went out to capture some photos of a Barn Owl and spo

Geoff Coleman had a "very lucky morning" as he went out to capture some photos of a Barn Owl and spotted "this very obliging fella being out rather late as he has a young family to feed."This photo, by Mr Coleman, of Halesworth, has won our Picture of the Week. - Credit: Archant

Waiting early one morning for a special wildlife shot was the inspiration for one keen amateur photographer.

This impressive photo of a barn owl swooping in with its prey was captured by Geoff Coleman, of Halesworth, in north Suffolk early last Wednesday.

And it has been judged as our Picture of the Week winner – securing a delighted Mr Coleman with his first win in our popular contest.

Mr Coleman said: 'I go to this site whenever I can and was down early last Wednesday to try and capture a barn owl. I had a very lucky morning, as the owl was out rather late with a young family to feed.

'I do enjoy taking mainly wildlife photos, and I am a keen birdwatcher. I saw the owl leave from its nest box and was there waiting for quite a while until it returned with the vole in its feet.'

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As our winner, Mr Coleman receives a 12in x 10in framed version of his photo, worth more than £60, from Picture Studios, of London Road North, Lowestoft. By progressing to our next six-monthly winners' final, he is also in with a shout of winning the top prize – a 12in x 18in photo block, worth £130. Entries can be of any subject, but they must be by amateur photographers and we prefer digital images.

We also accept prints but we cannot guarantee their return.

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