Silent Death
πŸ“Έ by @rypedx

The most badass photo of a barn owl you will ever see

When in flight, barn owls use their low wing load (large wings supporting a lightweight body) to their advantage by gliding very slowly over large areas to look for food.

They can maintain smooth airflow across their wings and avoid stalling at low speeds because their flight feathers are covered in a thin hair-like structure meant to trap air within the feathers surface.

Their frontmost wing feathers have a row of tiny hooks that deaden the sound of the air hitting the wings leading edge.

This ability to fly in almost complete silence enables them to hear even the slightest noise from potential prey while airborne, and go in for the kill undetected.

#nimrewind March 30th 2020



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