[Here](https://live.staticflickr.com/1488/24646911190_d03c9f3fb8_o.jpg) is a significantly higher quality version of this image. [Here](https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/24646911190/) is the source. Credit to the photographer, [Roy Rimmer](https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), who took this in August 2015. Per [here](https://petapixel.com/2016/07/12/story-behind-incredible-shot-owl-flight/):
> Rimmer has been working on this particular setup for well over a year. The idea started when he discovered a barn owl roosting in an owl box he installed several years ago in an oak tree. On rainy days, Rimmer would visit the owl and place mice or chicks on a post near the tree, allowing the owl to eat even though it can’t hunt.
> The photographer then noticed that when the owl would descend on his meal, it would hover for a moment above the area before swooping in — a perfect opportunity for a photo.
> To get the owl used to Rimmer’s camera equipment, he began leaving his gear near the post. At first the owl ignored the food and flew off, but days later it grew accustomed to the cameras and began taking the bait again. Rimmer then set up a camera and two flashes and working on nailing the correct focus distance and exposure (using a white fluffy toy as a stand-in model).
> Finally, when everything was calculated and ready to go, Rimmer spent a couple of nights sitting in a hide, waiting for the owl to emerge and land on the post. When it finally did, Rimmer fired off an exposure using a remote shutter release. Voila! A perfect shot.
> “I think this image is my reward for probably keeping the owl alive through the terrible winter we had,” Rimmer tells PetaPixel.
The owl was probably like “I knew that guy was sketchy, I wonder what he did to me.”
POV, you're the field mouse.
Dance magic DANCE MAGIC DANCE
Glad someone else thought of it. You remind me of the babe.
Reminds me of the album cover for Diamond Eyes by Deftones.
I see you too are a person of culture.
It's always about the waves. Remember that.
2 seconds later.....
‟MY Eyes! My frigging eyes! I can not see! *~ thud ~* [crashes against a tree]”
Wow. That picture is probably the most reposted ever. Or this poor owl is blind from the frequent flash photography.
It looks like the owl will suck the soul out of you!
That poor owl is blind now 🤣
RIP owl who flew into the tree.
That's David Bowie.....
You and the other 20 people that posted this before
Not the mouse that took this photo!
The owls are not what they seem
Is this is legit its one of the coolest natural photos I've ever seen
I felt the same way, until I saw it every day on reddit.
POV: You’re a mouse
What a hoot!
This gets reposted sooo much.
But I don’t mind. It’s such an awesome pic.
I don't know how I'll feel if I saw this irl. It's both stunning and haunting.
Probably a pretty horrifying last sight if you are the mice!
This took years of setup. Definitely not in the 'right place right time' kind of thing.
"Fly by night"
Makes me wanna listen to Deftones
There's also a spider in this shot.
Fuck this. He may well have killed that owl by blinding it for a few minutes. Their eyes are extremely sensitive to light and any wildlife photographer would know that.
Reposting other's content for karma.
that is freakin 1 in a million... 😲
*even* if that were your own pet-owl
Last place last time
XD jk its amazing!
...unlike the mouse.
But in the wrong neighborhood, motherfucker.
The camera was in the right place, at the right time.
The squirrel holding the camera? Not so much.
Down, in the underground
Barn owls are a beautiful specimen
Holy poop that’s a scary lookin bird
I was camping in a field, and one of these was flying overhead. It woke me out of a sound sleep, I think it was the wings flapping.
Why does this look like a POV of a WWE match?
Reminds me of [...](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbNrkazI-AY)
Excuse me! Hey! We've been trying to reach you regarding your car's extended warranty!!
Hello Hedwig :) Excellent shot!
Right place, right time to steal someone else’s photo?
What a https://www.reddit.com/r/Superbowl/
I wonder how many ancient people after drinking wine and beer all day because water wasn’t clean looked up and thought owls where angels?
The mouse photojournalist was never heard from again.
It kinda looks like a new Deftones album cover.
Says the guy with a cage of mice with him.
Finally, and it's a three star pelt!! Must use small game arrows for this one.
You'll be dead wrong and I'll be just fine
Good Lord, their heads are plates. No wonder people believe in aliens..
Hey hoo who's there?
Or were you in the right place, for a long time.
This isn’t really right place right time. This image was likely deliberately prompted through the use of a motion trigger and lure.
Makes me think of the opening sequence from the labyrinth.
Is this the cover of a new Deftones album?
Unless you're a vole.
Owl: “what the fu-“
woo wooMySugArBooI'm CoMing foTyyU what a cool pic
Why do I want to tickle it?
This is fucking awesome bud!
how many weeks did you lay there?
I'd buy a print of this. I'm not joking.
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