When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. It’s amazing to see. BBC Earth set up microphones along the flight path of…
Regular weekend readers may recall this image of a just-born Great Horned Owl poking its beak out of the nest. Well! Almost exactly month later, look how big that little guy/gal has gotten — and hey, look at all those siblings, too!
A very young owlet (estimated to be around 10 to 14 days old!) hangs with its mother at Metzger Farm Open Space in Westminster, Colorado. The photographer notes: "Given the mother owl's behavior in the previous photo, there are likely other younger owlets in the nest."
It is notoriously difficult to photograph an owl. The stately birds tend to be close-taloned with their trust, requiring several months to become comfortable with even one human handler – a fact that explains both the rareness of intimate owl portraiture, and the magnificence of these shots by photographer Brad Wilson.
That is one disapproving owl. If he had glasses, he'd be peering at us over them. This is a photo of a Ninox strenua, or "Powerful owl." And yet, with one head movement, this same species becomes an instant clown.
A spate of owl attacks in Salem Oregon's Bush's State Park has spurred park officials to install twenty signs that depict an owl with outstretched talons descending upon a hapless, terror-stricken stick figure.
There is something fascinating about watching an animal behavior that we don't normally witness. After two Peregrine Falcons forced this Great Horned Owl down into Lake Michigan, the owl managed to escape with a few strokes of butterfly.
Meet Zeus, a blind Western Screech Owl with eyes that look like a celestial scene captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
At first, The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl seems to be an animated nature film, explaining the life and ecology of its subject. But after the cartoon turns tragic, it becomes clear that you don't want to mess with this burrowing owl.
I have heard it said by wise people that birds are the only creatures who can truly answer a difficult riddle. Perhaps it is because they are used to seeing everything from above — and, when they land, from below. That double perspective is the key to their peculiar understanding.
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.
You probably know that owls can rotate their heads a remarkable 270 degrees in either direction. It's practically their trademark — but it's a move that by all measure should result in a massive stroke or embolism, the result of torn blood vessel linings and the onset of fatal clots. Nobody's understood the…
Meet Ninox Spilocephala, an owl whose face seems destined to become an internet meme. Just look at those eyes! I wish I could muster up that expression. N. Spilocephala is one of several new owl species found on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
When Harry Potter first appeared in books and on screen alongside his loyal owl Hedwig, many folks were so charmed that they ran out and bought pet owls of their very own. But know that the books and movies have run their course, the magic of owning a nocturnal bird has worn off, and hundreds of owls are landing in…
They hover, spy, take photographs, fire missiles. But there's just one major problem with drones – they're too damn loud. Now Iarpa, the intelligence community's blue-sky research division, wants to hush them up. And it's turning to nature's own stealth flyer for inspiration.
It's been a big week for owls, what with the last Harry Potter film hitting theaters and an unfortunate British owl hitting a bedroom window. So it's rather fortuitous that this fantastic article from a 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics was brought to my attention.
And like that, Mother Nature's entered the Harry Potter viral marketing game. An unlucky tawny owl recently collided with the home of Sally Arnold of Kendal, England. The owl dusted her bedroom window with the protective powder that shields its new feathers.
The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Jareth the Goblin King, and Harry Potter's messenger owls have the power of creeping up on people. So do owls in real life, due to the design of their wings and feathers.
The new movie Legend of the Guardians presents owls as heroic warriors fighting rival owl eugenicists. (Really.) But the owls of Ga'Hoole are just the latest in a proud tradition of fantastical owls that are alternately wise, creepy, mysterious...and awesome.
Thanks to a title that was seemingly lifted from Finnegans Wake, I initially had no idea what Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole was about. But now I do. It's about owls. Like, a metric shit-ton of owls.