10 April 2011
My high school classmate Christie Wilde Rogers posted this amazing photo on Facebook yesterday — a print, apparently made of feather dander (powder down) that was left behind on a pane glass window when an owl (apparently a great horned owl by the size and shape) smacked into it.
Zoomed in, and with the contrast dialed up a bit:
I find this quite astonishing. You can see not only the hollows of the wings and the outlines of the primaries, but also the smaller scaly feathers on the breast, the feet, and most hauntingly, the eyesockets and perhaps even the eyeballs. The poor owl!
Thanks to Christie for her permission to re-post the image here.