By Kim Reader
A dad has captured a beautiful shot of the moment a ladybird landed on a Little Owl’s beak.
The stunning snap shows the tiny red and black bug sat right between the owl’s eyes – as the bird looks slightly stunned by its insect visitor.
Lee Myers, 43, watched as the ladybird scurried over the owl’s brown and white-feathered face before settling on its beak.
The dad of two, who was hosting a photography workshop in Bridlington, East Yorks, on Saturday when he was left stunned by the unusual encounter.
But the moment wasn’t quite as idyllic as it appears in the photos as Lee admits just seconds later, the ladybird narrowly escaped getting ‘chomped’ by the owl.
Lee, of Sheffield, South Yorks, said: “I’ve noticed this year there are more ladybirds around. It’s because of all the hot weather we’ve had.
“I saw this ladybird land on the owl’s head. As it was crawling down its face, you just knew something great was going to happen.
“The ladybird settled right on the owl’s beak. It was a really unusual thing to see and quite funny. The owl looked like it was wearing a red nose. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“And then just moments after I took the photos, the ladybird got ever so slightly chomped. The owl tried to eat it but it managed to wriggle free – it made a lucky escape.”
The gorgeous snaps were taken by Lee using a Nikon D7100 camera and a Nikon 200-500mm lens.
Nature lover Lee took up photography almost six years ago as a way of getting out and about but says the hobby has become much more than that – serving as the perfect father-son bonding time for him and Josh.
Lee said: “I’ve always loved nature and wildlife so I picked up photography as a way of getting out and about.
“I’ve always had a few friends who were into it and seeing their photos really inspired me. It was so nice that they could bring back pictures of all the things they had seen.
“But now it’s so much more. Josh started to get into it too and now we go out together.
“It’s quality father and son time and it’s great to see him doing so well at it. Not to sound soft bit he’s my best friend.
“We get to go out into the countryside and it’s really relaxing but we also enjoy the challenge of it.
“And the behaviour you see, you realise what these animals have to do to survive.
“You see that they all have their own characters and Little Owls, especially, have so much personality. They’re quite amusing.”