August 9, 2011

Something Wonderful: The Eagle Owl Attacks

An eagle owl has taken offense to a camera filming him at 1,000 frames per second. Beautiful, fascinating and chilling at the same time.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 9, 2011 8:04 PM
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Posted by: Phil Fraering at August 9, 2011 9:36 PM

There's something sobering and slightly intimidating at walking down a Jeep trail at dusk and having a snowy owl appear from nowhere to pounce on the vole crouched in the grass two feet in front of you.

The only thing I saw was "grass ... grass ... grass ... owl!" and the only thing I heard was the soft thud of talons hitting the vole.

Posted by: BillT at August 10, 2011 6:11 AM

Was the cameraman from TMZ?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 10, 2011 10:48 AM

I was attacked by a crow a couple of weeks ago. I discovered that in contrast to our excellent automatic reflexes when something attacks our legs or body, we humans have poor reflexes when something comes at our head, especially when we're holding a dog's leash in one hand and have only one hand to defend our head.

Even though a crow is much smaller than an owl, its wings fully enveloped my head and beating it off was much more difficult than I expected.

A recent archaeological find was that a 2 or 3 year old child of 10,000 years ago died because he had been carried off by a bird who, archaeologists concluded, had dashed his head against a rock.

Posted by: Gloria at August 10, 2011 11:28 AM

Magnificent. Look at those feathers! My husband encountered a great horned owl one evening, as he was going through the human-sized door into the barn, and the owl decided come out the door at the same time. Apparently being wing-beat by an owl is quite a treat, and memorable. Very very memorable. After that, Husband would open the door and stand way back to let the owl go first---which it did.

Posted by: Deborah H at August 10, 2011 11:30 AM

its wings fully enveloped my head and beating it off was much more difficult than I expected

I'm sorry, but the imagery of getting that intimate with a crow is hurting my head :-)

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 10, 2011 2:21 PM

...and then the tape ran out, right?

Seriously, watching those talons unfurl is quite unnerving.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 11, 2011 9:25 AM

A few weeks ago I flushed an owl out of fallen pine tree which was extended over my driveway. It's wing span was about 3 feet while the body looked to be 12-14 inches. I hear the owls regularly but this was the first one I have seen.

Posted by: JimK at August 11, 2011 3:39 PM