Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eagle Owl in Slo Mo


As artists in the modern era we're lucky to have the advantage of good photo reference, especially good slow motion video. This eagle owl flies toward a Photron SA2 camera at 1000fps in a 20 second clip that shows the heavy wing strokes, the steady gaze, and the disturbance of small feathers along the leading edge.

9 comments:

jeff jordan said...

Looks like a Great Horned Owl, to me. Is Eagle Owl a regional nickname?

I attended an art opening here in Arcata, California, last weekend. The local Bird Rehab Volunteer unit was on hand with a Great Horned; also a Screech Owl, Spotted Owl, Peregrine Falcon, and a Red-Tail Hawk. They've all been rescued with injuries and kept among the living with broken wings, lost eyes, etc. I've been working on a Gryphon painting, and Miranda, the Red-Tail, looks exactly like what I've been painting. I probably spent half an hour studying Miranda VERY intently. Needless to say, in spite of various injuries, they're all very beautiful.

Erik Bongers said...

Not a regional name, it's a eurasian owl. But I prefer it's Dutch name "Oehoe" [Whoohoo], based on it's call.

A children's book I'm working on (very premature) will have all birds as characters. Clips like these come in handy.

Moai said...

Fascinating video.

Julie A. said...

Dang, the way those feathers move is crazy.

Ginger*:) said...

Wow, I wish I had seen that two books ago when I was illustrating owl after owl after owl. I will learn to look for more slo mo in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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awesine,

bonequinhoda bic said...

Spectacular...

I need orange said...

Wow.

What an incredible video.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Awesome!