By Daily Mail Reporter
What a hoot: The owl was photographed sitting on top of a lamppost in South Africa but the reflection from the camera's flash caused the bird's eyes to appear bright red like lasers
At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that this owl was possessed.
But the laser-like stare of the bird is actually the reflection of a camera's flash.
An amateur photographer spotted the Cape Eagle Owl perched on a lamp-post while driving down a quiet road one early morning in South Africa.
Gavin Nicholls, who was born in Fareham, Hampshire, was eager to take snaps of the bird and so fired off a volley of flash photographs.
Gavin, 57, said: 'It was only once I'd arrived at work that I looked at the results. I thought: wow, the eyes are stunning!
'All my colleagues were over the moon with it.
'Normally in photography we try and avoid the red eye problems, but just for this one shot, I am so glad it happened as it did.'