This Famous Dutch Owl Loves to Land on People’s Heads

A strange owl in the Dutch town of Noordeinde has become famous for its penchant for landing on people’s heads. It seems that the bird simply lands on people who happen to be walking by, for no apparent reason!

Apparently, a fence or a tree just isn’t good enough for the beautiful European eagle owl, weighing around six pounds. It only lands on people’s heads, staying perched for about a minute before flying off in search of its next target.

The residents of Noordeinde aren’t bothered by the owl one bit. In fact, they’re quite delighted with all the attention that their town is receiving, thanks to the wild bird. “I’ve seen photographers and birders from around the country, from The Hague to Spijkenisse, they come from everywhere to see the eagle owl,” a cheerful resident said. “Our village is finally on the map!”


Photo: Menno Shaefer

48-year-old Dutch photographer, Menno Shaefer, who visited the town just to see the owl, was flummoxed by its bizarre behavior. “I had heard a lot about the owl and decided to visit the site to see it in action for myself,” he said. “It was a very funny thing to watch, however, I’m just as confused as anyone as to why it does this.”


Photo: Menno Shaefer

Menno, who clicked several photographs of the eccentric owl, said: “When I show people these photographs they like them very much, they are as amused as I was. Whilst photographing the owl, it did try to land on my head once. However, as soon as I lifted my camera to get a shot, the owl flew onto my neighbor standing by my side.” I suppose the owl wasn’t familiar with the concept of selfies!


 Photo: Menno Shaefer


 Photo: Menno Shaefer


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Sources: Bored Panda, Daily Mail

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