On Silent Wings is a wildlife stock photography company specializing in bird photos. For owl enthusiasts, there is a page dedicated to just owl photos! Images are available for individual sale, royalty and royalty-free purchase and for limited donations to non-profit organizations for educational or scientific use.
Peter S. Weber is a Canon Professional photographer and enthusiastic bird watcher. He is an active member of the Illinois Ornithological Society and the American Birding Association.
The name "On Silent Wings" is inspired by the flight of the photographer's favorite family of birds - owls. The most unique application of owl feathers is the comb-like or fimbriate (fringe-like) leading edge of the primary wing feathers referred to as "flutings" or "fimbriae". With a normal bird in flight, air rushes over the surface of the wing, creating turbulence, which makes a gushing noise. With an owl's wing, the comb-like feather edge breaks down the turbulence into little groups called microturbulences. This effectively muffles the sound of the air rushing over the wing surface and allows the owl to fly silently.