Illustration for article titled It Takes Very Little to Take an Owl From Menacing to Goofy

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.

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Illustration for article titled It Takes Very Little to Take an Owl From Menacing to Goofy
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Just a raised head and opened eyes, and the "powerful owl" becomes a "surprised owl."

Image credits: Powerful Owl - Ninox Strenua 1 and 2 by David Lochlin/flickr/CC BY 2.0

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