More dramatic full minute-long version of the owl's approach here:
Via Vurtrunner on YouTube, and Dogwork.com, and thanks to my friend EF in Tokyo. This is reminiscent of how it feels when you "flare" before landing a plane, but Oh so much more elegant. These videos also remind you that owls are cats that happen to have wings*. And that it's a good thing they are not much bigger than their real size.
On to policy soon.
*Update: And thanks to various Chinese friends for the reminder that the Chinese word for owl, maotouying, is written 猫头鹰. Which character-by-character is "cat head eagle," or more vividly "cat-faced eagle." Long before slo-mo they got the point.