An owl hijacked a photoshoot when he flapped away a photographer and took position behind the lens of a camera.

Paul Kingston had been taking some pictures of a rare baby bird when the large five-year-old eagle owl called Splodge swooped down and pushed him to one-side.

It was a shock to both Paul and keeper Bryan Wintersgill because despite the Eurasian eagle owl’s boldness in taking over the shoot he is a shy bird by nature.

Owl keeper Bryan, 21, said: ‘We couldn’t believe it. Paul was trying to take some pictures of baby owl Lartch when Splodge just appeared out of nowhere.