Watch ultrasensitive microphones barely register owls flying


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/22/watch-ultrasensitive-microphon.html


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The great Bill Bailey offers his take on the fundamental Owlness of Owls:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCk-fh6SQO4


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Relevant!


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I was all set to poke fun at the headline – how can you WATCH microphones barely registering a sound? – but it turns out you can, and it’s really amazing to watch!


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We saw a great grey owl recently, and the kids were able to hear the effect first hand (if it hadn’t been for all the commentary):

https://video-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t43.1792-2/14005152_297495097276122_1550139845_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjE1MDAsInJsYSI6MTAyNCwidmVuY29kZV90YWciOiJzdmVfaGQifQ%3D%3D&rl=1500&vabr=884&oh=e486958fcc68e3e8e344572c8bc4ec3b&oe=5834E4C3


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I was in the backyard once and an owl swooped right by my head. The only reason I knew was because I saw it. Total silence when it went by - like watching a YouTube video with the sound off. I’ve had a hawk swoop by me, and plenty of smaller birds, and you can always hear the whoosh of air. The owl experience was surreal.


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“Just listen to the psychedelic colors of this peacock’s tail!!”


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After inadvertently taking this Rorschach test, I am deeply disappointed in my personal psychology. When I saw the headline, I thought ‘those are some crap microphones,’ instead of ‘my, what silent flyers owls are.’ I now need to retreat to my fortress of solitude to re-orient my engagement with the world.


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Wow, first our drones, and now we are supposed to register our owls? Thanks Obama…


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Awesome viddie,thanks Andrea! But aren’t you on @jlw’s turf here? :wink:


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hashtag: superbowl.


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That gum you like is going to come back in style.


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At the other end of the dynamic spectrum is the American turkey. I was once walking thru some woods and thought a small plane was going over head until I looked up and saw a flock of turkeys gliding along. They’re sure as heck not going to sneak up on anything while they’re flying.


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Turkeys can be incredibly silent on the ground or in trees, though.

Stepping on one in high grass and having it explode into noisy flight is a bowel-loosening experience.


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