Two stunning photos

by Matthew Cobb

I spotted these on the Milky Way Scientists Facebook page. Absolutely stunning. The first – an owl in flight – did not have any credit that I could see, beyond “Taken with Phantom High Speed Camera (V711)”. WEIT readers – who can ID da boid? The second photo is equally anonymous but is captioned “Big Headed Caterpillar of Phyllodes imperialis” – this is the Imperial Fruit-Sucking Moth, which is found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. Photographers, own up to your genius!

 

20 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Stunning photos

  2. Bill Davis
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Looks like a Great Grey Owl

    • Pete Moulton
      Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      I’d sign that, Bill.

    • musubk
      Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Da. We have them in the wild here in interior Alaska; I photographed one early this summer, though not nearly as successfully.

      Phantoms aren’t exactly amateur cameras, this is probably from a professional or research effort.

  3. AdamK
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Damn bug’s wearing a Spider-man mask.

  4. Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Definitely a great grey owl, Strix nebulosa

  5. Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    The caterpillar is ready for the Tucson All Souls Procession! Beautiful colors.

  6. JBlilie
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Wow, that owl shot is a once-in-a-lifetime capture. Lovely.

  7. Mike W
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    The Milk Way Scientists are TERRIBLE at giving credit or correctly identifying even the subject matter of what they post.

    The oldest version of the owl I found was from early 2010: http://www.veoverde.com/2010/01/un-buho-en-vuelo/

  8. Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Be sure to subscribe to Milky Way Scientists on Facebook. You will get several great photos each day from natural sciences.

  9. Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Well, now it’s obvious why owls fly soundlessly. It looks like a bullet.

  10. Bob Carlson
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I’ll see your stunning photos and raise you this one.

  11. Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Phyllodes imperialis,
    I will see you in my dreams tonight.
    Behind me,
    as I run and scream.

  12. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    There should be a horror movie called “Empire of the Fruit-Suckers” with that thing’s head on the poster.

  13. Donald L. Anderson
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    A really good birder friend,David Ladd, from here in Maine said re the owl:

    “If it’s from this country I’d say Great gray owl.”

    • salon_1928
      Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      Yup, Great Grey if North America…

  14. Notagod
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m as sure as any christian could be that the second picture is Jesus Christ.

  15. Hempenstein
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Very cool to see how the head aligns vs. the body when in flight. Since they’re largely nocturnal, is this shot likely taken with a strobe activated by a photocell, placed in some frequent flyway?

    And wasn’t a DC Comics character based on that caterpillar?

  16. marksolock
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

  17. Nineteenfifteen
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    whoa. these little guys are neat.


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