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By on June 16, 2012, with 54 Comments

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?



  • Carl

    These are not even close to your usual quality of illusion. They just look stupid to me. #disappointed

  • Graham

    The goose is not an illusion, they sometimes fly body upside down. It’s called whiffling.

    • Natalie
    • Larry

      Definitely a different twist.

    • Larry

      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.

    • aj

      ur a nerd

    • Jackson

      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.

  • AmetuerAspirant

    that last one’s GOT to be photoshopped, i can’t think of any other way that could happen.

  • Nina B

    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.

  • Rackergen

    I doubt the last one to be an optical illusion.

  • Karen

    Pretty cool :o)

  • Cowtowner

    to me, something about the eagle makes it look Photoshopped.
    i like the duck…. ;)

  • owen

    O_O. woah. that is awesome. though i don’t understand the last one

  • Ron

    I’m not getting it… yet. Could use a clue… not seeing the “perspective” part of it…

  • Doofus Donkiy

    …wow

  • jandy

    I don’t get what im suppose to see someone help me!

  • MarigoldKimball

    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?

  • yuki

    to me they all make sense except for the duck XD

  • JEsse Lee

    They’re all badly photoshopped. I’ve seen two of those pictures without the trails.

  • glittergirl

    Yaaaaaay first coment!!!!!!

  • glittergirl

    I do not not understand this

  • Anonymouse

    I get the first two but what is the third meant to be? An upside down goose? BTW First Comment!

  • Nisheeth

    Can some one explain what is happening in the third one?

  • Toni

    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.

  • i love my horse molly

    cool

  • Susan

    Huh? Please someone help me…..

    • Susan

      Anyone????

  • itsdave

    Love the Eagle, but over all the Stork has to be the best :)

  • spelling corrector

    i dont get it help me!

  • eee efff geee

    The Duck… O.o

  • dcdaveclarke

    no illusion about the chemicaltrails

  • Lee

    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?

  • Mikky

    I so don’t get this!

  • No one

    i don’t understand this!!!

  • John

    Those birds should have probably taken some no-gas before flying in public.

  • Clues

    Very very smart. I like it!

  • GenCat

    heh. sorry. Don’t get it. Can someone plz explain?

  • scarlet

    I don’t get this…

  • fran

    Someone help me find these illusions – I feel really dumb!

  • egdirbr

    They look photoshopped to me.

  • Sergio

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

  • Carolyn Kay

    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

    • Saidin

      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!

    • Larry

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

  • Care Bear

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

  • Gandalf

    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.

  • Dan P

    I only see birds. One of them is letting a mean fart though.

  • Denise

    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.

  • Joe Black

    I don’t get them.

  • http://llamalove.cheezburger.com llamalover

    is the goose high or something???

  • Ryan

    awesomeness

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  • Stashiv

    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

  • wowser

    could they be drones leaving chem trails? just wondering

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