An Eagle, Goose and a Stork…

I had some major connectivity issues lately, (in fact I’m tethering via my iPhone right now) so this why there were no updates yesterday and on the day before. I just hope these three birds would make up for it! There weren’t many perspective optical illusions for such a long time, I figured they would come in refreshing. So which one did you like the most? Hope all of the illusions below are self-explanatory…or aren’t they?



54 Replies to “An Eagle, Goose and a Stork…”

    1. This could be a method to flush their feathers from dust, particles or mites on a short glide or freefall. A bird could not fly this way as it’s feathers are shingled to allow them to air seal by overlap. Flying upside down would not be possible due to no muscles to control the individual feathers. This photo is most likely modified.

    2. Thanks for pointing this out guys. Whiffling is really neat when you watch a flock of them doing it. I hate geese but today I am in wonder of what they do when flying.

  1. The eagle is the funniest to me. The goose is the weirdest. Are their two birds there in the goose one? I think I like the eagle the best. It looks like a superhero eagle skating across the sky.

  2. I don’t get this as an illusion. It appears that someone has manipulated photos to make actual birds look like something unnatural. What are we supposed to see?

  3. The eagle and the stork I can see no problem. But something about the goose has me scratching my head… I know it has to do with angle but what I just can’t figure out.

  4. i don’t get it. just looks like 3 birds in weird positions. The first 2 actually look like paintings. I don’t see any “illusion” though. Can someone explain?

  5. I really don’t understand the goose. Unless the neck (or the whole body) has been photoshopped to look twisted, where is the illusion?

  6. PLEASE EXPLAIN THESE!!!! THEY’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY!! I stare at one for a long time, NEVER getting it, and then read these comments from people who say they got it right away. Shut up! JUST EXPLAIN THEM SOMEWHERE!! I’m not stupid–I’m just not very visual. Thanks.

    IllusionFan

    1. Carolyn Kay: Perspective involves being able to distinguish between objects which are close or far. Perspective illusions play on the fact that our brain doesn’t always interpret perspective correctly. Hence, even though the contrails (which were from a plane) are far behind the hawk and stork, they appear in the illusion to look like they are exiting the feet and the bum of the birds respectively – i.e. the brain can’t tell perspective in this case as there are no other objects in the empty sky by which to judge distance.
      The third picture of the goose is not an illusion at all, but rather something geese do called whiffling, where they fly upside down for a short period (usually before landing when they are high winds but there are also some other theories as to why they do this). I hope this information stop you going crazy!

    2. The eagle apears to be flying at right angles to, and doesn’t line up with the jetstreams, at all.

  7. What’s with the goose? A genetic mutation? Love the vapor trail on the others. Do they hire out to do skywriting?

  8. They’re all pretty interesting, and while I can see how the first two were taken, I can’t figure out the third one… Unless it’s just bending it’s feet oddly.

  9. The first two just happened to be photgraphed when a jet stream lined up. The third on? An upside down goose riding on the back of a Bald Eagle? Denise.

  10. The 3rd photo is a common sight here in Canada. Geese use this aerial maneuver to rapidly descend and slow down without having to use long slow circular patterns to reach the ground. Given the way their bodies are designed to provide lift, flipping upside down in this fashion actually pulls them downwards. It’s the difference between a planes wings and a spoiler on the back of a formula race car. One lifts up, the other pushes down

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