As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Twitcher shocked by rare eagle owl he was looking out for as it landed on the back of his head

Just in time for pantomime season - "It's behind you!"

3:48PM GMT 27 Nov 2015

A twitcher - that's a bird-watcher to me and you - was looking out for a magnificent and rare eagle-owl in the Netherlands when he got a massive shock.

The bird he was looking out for came really close to him!

Too close, in fact - it landed on the back of his head, as a colleague captured the moment on camera.

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Photo: Chris Meewis/Mercury Press
The wildlife photographers travelled to the town of Hilversum in the Netherlands after hearing that a large Eurasian eagle-owl, usually only spotted in remote forests, had been seen on the roof of a house near some playing fields.

One photographer was so busy looking through his camera lense that he didn't notice the bird was making a beeline for his head.

Chris Meewis, who took the photo, told the Daily Mail: "We were all there waiting to see if we could spot this owl and photographers had come from all over to see it as it is a really magnificent bird.

"It was supposed to be living on the roof of this house near some playing fields and everyone had set up their cameras but were yet to spot it. Suddenly out of nowhere this huge shape appeared and landed on one of the photographer’s heads.

"It was so funny as all of the cameras suddenly turned on him. There he was thinking he was the one taking the picture and suddenly he finds himself the centre of one! Everyone was laughing but he was in complete shock and just stood there very still."

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