when I first saw this model was in a Russian origami magazine, < ІІ ОТКрЫТая Всероссийская Олимпиада По Оригами >, which roughly translate to < Opening of the II All-Russian Olympiad on Origami >, published in 2008.
The design released in this book is a CP with pictorial folding instruction. Apparently , this is a 24×24 grid design.
Kyohei Katsuta has released another simpler design in < Origami Tanteidan Convention 17 > published in 2011, using a 20×20 grid.
I got confused when I first started folded the model from the CP (24×24). As the pictorial instructions are highly simplified, I did some cross reference on the folding instruction between the 2 books, not knowing the differences in the grid specification. This resulted me folded and refolded twice before I finally got it right.
The main difference between the 2 designs is on the head. The 24×24 grid design has a much detail and life like head features, including the eyes and beak.
Other than that, the wings and feet are the same.
After a good shaping and setup for the photo shoot, here’s the final results.
The back of the design is equally spectacular…..
Here’s a close up static view of the owl landing…
An action shot with the sky as the background.