Hey! Hey, you! Buzz off, we’re trying to stargaze! ...freaking owls, landing on the freaking telescope when the skies are finally clear for some good observing time... Grumble, growl, grouch.
This is a detail from a photograph that captures what an owl looks like when it is zooming straight at the camera, angling its feet forward as it prepares to land on a branch. All I can say is that our hovercrafts are made of feathers.
What would you do if an owl found its way into your house? Would you panic and lose your composure, or would you steady your nerves, rise to the occasion, and attempt a daring rescue?
This mesmerizing video shows off the mechanics of a barn owl in attack mode. The folks at Earth Unplugged have filmed the flight of the barn owl as it pursues its prey and replayed it in super slow motion.
In doing so, it has also become one of the greatest, most appropriate reaction GIFs in recent memory. (Only "one of," because this.) Please note that the collision reportedly happened near Yeehaw Junction, which... yeah.
This photo would be utterly tragic, had the large owl planted face-first into the grille of this Ford pickup not survived its close encounter with the vehicle. But survive it did. Which makes this picture kind of tragically hilarious, instead.
This desktop owl toy is the intellectual's version of the USB humping dog: plug it in, perch it on your monitor and get lovely warm reassuring feelings as it looks around and blinks appreciatively at your typing. On the other hand, it may also evoke weird Harry Potter-esque waking nightmares—watch the short video to…