Watch these humorous videos demonstrating the built-in image stabilisation in owls, chickens and even cats.
Watch these humorous, but interesting videos demonstrating the built-in image stabilisation of owls, chickens and even cats, and read on for a brief explanation.
As you can see – these animals would make for a very effective steadicams or image stabilisers! This is due to the vestibulo-ocular reflex, which keeps a stable image on the retina by moving the head in the opposite direction to the body, or the eyes in the opposite direction the head in the case of humans. This reflex even works in total darkness – hence the reason you can blindfold the owl or chicken and still achieve the same result.
As far as chicken-based stabilisers go, quite a bit of research has been done on the topic. Here’s a test with a lightweight camera attached to a rooster’s head:
Lastly, in case you are wondering how stabilisers in cameras work, here’s a short video clip demonstrating the floating stabiliser lens element – which keeps the image stable by countering the movement of the camera with an opposite movement of the lens element – very similar to the natural equivalents above.