This golf ball ‘birdie’ is nothing to crow about

It’s not the birdie any golfer is aiming for – this player’s ball ended up a ‘fair way’ from the hole after being plucked from the course by a cheeky CROW.

Crow flying with a golf ball near L'ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey It's not the birdie any golfer is aiming for – this player's ball ended up a 'fair way' from the hole after being plucked from the course by a cheeky CROW. This perfectly-timed shot shows the crow making a quick escape with the ball between its beak after mistaking it for an egg. The picture was taken near L'ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey by wildlife photographer Colin Mucklow. SEE MERCURY CO

Crow flying with a golf ball near L’ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey

This perfectly-timed shot shows the crow making a quick escape with the ball between its beak after mistaking it for an egg.

The picture was taken near L’ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey by wildlife photographer Colin Mucklow.

He followed the crow in full flight for around 40 seconds to capture a sequence of stunning images.

Colin, 52, said: “I’ve heard about crows pinching balls in the past but I’ve never been lucky enough to see it up close.

Crow flying with a golf ball near L'ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey

Crow flying with a golf ball near L’ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey

“I’d say there’s a poor golfer scratching his head on the course wondering where his shot has gone.

“When I posted the pictures online I had a few messages asking if the bird could drop the ball back at the 19th hole.

“I was actually out looking for owls to photograph that day on a hill that overlooks the course when I spotted the crow.

“It flew overhead and I knew it has something in its mouth but I wasn’t sure what until I saw the pictures.

Colin Mucklow who captured a crow flying away with a golf ball It's not the birdie any golfer is aiming for – this player's ball ended up a 'fair way' from the hole after being plucked from the course by a cheeky CROW. This perfectly-timed shot shows the crow making a quick escape with the ball between its beak after mistaking it for an egg. The picture was taken near L'ancresse Golf Course in Guernsey by wildlife photographer Colin Mucklow. SEE MERCURY CO

Colin Mucklow who captured a crow flying away with a golf ball

“It’s pretty breath-taking to watch them swoop about but the poor thing must have been disappointed when it realised it wasn’t an egg.”

Colin, who has six grown up children and four stepchildren, lives on the island with his wife Sarah, 56.

He was formerly the castle keeper at Castle Corney in Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Point, where his love of wildlife grew.

Colin, originally from Birmingham, said: “Guernsey gets a lot of rare and amazing species of bird blown in across the Channel and it’s great to get out and about and see them all.

Crow flying with a golf ball

Crow flying with a golf ball

“I’m not a golfer self but it’s a great spot to take pictures and it have me a good chuckle to see what the birds got up to.”