Most owls prefer to stay hidden in the branches of trees using their camouflage to remain completely unnoticed. But one adorable Dutch owl in the small town of Noordeinde is anything but normal, in fact he is extremely friendly and loves to land on people’s heads. If you find yourself walking through the town you are likely to encounter the extremely happy-go-lucky, human-adoring owl.
Photograpehr Menno Shaefer recently visited Noordeinde to get a first hand look at the adorable dutch owl and said, “I had heard a lot about the owl and decided to visit the site to see it in action for myself. It was a very funny thing to watch, however I’m just as confused as anyone as to why it does this.”
The quiet small town is now getting a lot of buzz, as bird watchers and photographers come from near and far to witness the friendly owl from Noordeinde. Residents that call this town home say that the owl has actually put them on the map for the first time. One resident told the newspaper, “I have seen photographers and birders from around the country, from The Hague to Spijkenisse, they come from everywhere to see the eagle owl. Our village is finally on the map!”
Another owl recently made headlines and gained the nickname “horror owl” of Purmerend because he lands on people’s heads and attacks them. Unlike the “horror owl” this owl is much more cuddly. I think all of my dreams would come true if this beautiful, massive owl landed on my head, well as long as those giant talons didn’t get in the way.
There are some rumors that the owl is extra friendly because he escaped from an aviary in Oosterwolde, but no official word on that yet.