Slow motion video of owl attack
Fantastic to watch, though it looks like someone "baited" the area near the camera to attract an owl, and it worked. The video ends a bit too soon, but the flight and posturing of the owl is amazing.
Amazing nature - The Eagle Owl
Just the other day I was mowing hay in a large field and was nearly finished with only a small strip of grass in the middle. I had been watching a red-tailed hawk hang around nearby, of course he's looking for the small critters that gets exposed due to the mowing. I had made a turn and noticed the hawk flying low in my direction, flaring his wings and nearly catching a small bird that was flying low and back to the remaining strip of the grass. I'm not sure the small bird knew the hawk was at his 6 o'clock and quickly closing. The hawk disengaged as my tractor happened to get inline with his flight path. It was definitely the little birds lucky day.
BTW the little bird, which I can't come up with his name, typically resides in grassy fields, very dark in color, short stubby wings. His manner of flight reminds me a little of a quail. He's not a pretty bird, or one that is a highly skilled flyer. What's the name of this "lucky" bird?
ADDED- IIRC I believe that an owls wings/feathers are designed so that he flies silently, no noise of the wind rushing over his wings to alert some prey. Apparently they're stealth. I've never had an owl fly overhead (that I know of), I've had a lot of ducks fly overhead and while gliding, the air rushing over their wings makes a LOT of noise, sort of a jet-like sound.