Video: Look, Up in the Air … It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane …

September 28, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

Usually, cruisers don’t get to see much when they’re 500 miles out to sea. So we’re overjoyed that Cruise Critic member Cannedpears was on the case when an owl (yeah, an owl!) started swooping around Voyager of the Seas in broad daylight. Our resourceful member filmed the overly ambitious raptor from his perch at Johnny Rockets in the middle of the Western Caribbean last December, then shared it recently on the message boards. We guess it may be a short-eared owl, which sometimes hunts in daylight hours and favors estuaries and other wide-open areas as hunting ground. Either that or someone had some mail delivered — at least it wasn’t a howler.
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    3 Responses to “Video: Look, Up in the Air … It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane …”

    1. Hedy First
      September 28th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

      Not a very good video.

    2. Hotshot80
      October 5th, 2011 @ 9:14 am

      Are you sure its an owl – could it have been a falcon? We had a peregrine falcon join us on a recent Crown Princess cruise from Southampton to New York and it was feeding off smaller land based birds that had also hitched a lift with us

    3. Smooth_sailin
      November 5th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      I lead bird walks for Audubon, and this is definitely an owl, although not sure what species. We also had a Peregrine alongside Explorer of the Seas this week out of Bayonne NJ, but the “bird highlight” of the trip was watching 2 Brown Boobies catching flying fish alongside the ship near Puerto Rico – pretty cool.

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