This is a gorgeous video taken at 1000 frames per second of the Eurasian eagle owl ‘Checkers’ from sequences taken at Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey Sanctuary near Preston UK. Notice the intense concentration at the last second as Checkers anticipates his landing point and the riveted leather anklets for the handling jesses that were removed for this flight.

The Eurasian Eagle Owl, with a wingspan of 138–200 cm (55–79 in)*, is larger than the North American Great Horned Owl, which has the ability to snap a broomstick with its talons.

Remind me not to get reincarnated as a small mammal . . .

*My arm span from fingertip to fingertip is 65 inches. That’s a big bird!