Owl On Final Approach.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dons2346, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    What a great shot. Aerodynamics 101, an illustration of complete control & situation awareness. Note: a little crosswind correction during the approach.
    Watch the wing feathers as he flares to slow down.
    Best viewed full screen...

    Not sure if the owl is going to land or is getting breakfast.

  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    from my experience he's collecting dinner , the claws and eyes will show you that , when the land they bring the leg's forward earlier to be a spring , bringing them in later is to drive the talons in better ( pivotal force )

    great clip though!! thanks

    we had a wedge tail eagle as a mascot and i learned a heap from him about avian hunters , respect eh .. and when a eagle is bigger than you real respect .. ;)

  3. Ken W

    Ken W Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Very cool video. Beautiful creature. Going to have to send that to a few people.
  4. glens67

    glens67 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Middleton, ID
  5. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    been "buzzed" a few times by owls while predator hunting...totally silent and first thing you notice is a very close fly-by when the owl realizes you aient what he thought it was..:D...not a good idea to be wearing a coon skin hat at the time.:D

    outstanding photography... thanks

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    Excellent video. I walked out of my house one morning to go to work about 415AM and I heard an owl I couldnt see it but when I pulled out of the driveway my headlights lit up the lady across the streets yard and the owl swooped and snatched a rabbit in a mere second. One of the most awesome things I have ever seen. They fly so quietly.
  7. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I enjoyed that alot Don, thanks for sharing. Merry Christ & God Bless to you and yours!
  8. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    Great video. At first I thought it may have been trained by a Falconer, may have been anyway, but I didn't notice a band on either leg.

    Useless info..the ancient Japanese hierarchy males trained birds of prey, and hunted with them to learn the basics of warfare.
  9. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Super video dons !

    And a classic demonstration of high stability wing stall characteristics - root toward tip - as evidenced by the feather behaviors on both wings ! Mom nature seems to always get it right ! >MW
  10. :thumbsup: Very Cool Video! :thumbsup:

    Capt. Mac
  11. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    outstanding video ! thanks dons. Last night my rottweiler was kicking up a barking nightmare at our front window. I went to look and just outside was a small owl . when i hit the switch on my flashlight it just looked at me. then off he went. I thought it was great! then i see this posted .Its an owl weekend for me lol.
  12. twobit

    twobit Active Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    I have seen one swoop in and pick up a housecat and continue to fly off. The cat only wiggled for a second in the air. It died that quickly from the talons sinking into its' back and neck.

    Wearing a coonskin cap at night in the woods, probably not a good idea.
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