Here is reference I found online for the agitated owl shot in Leap of faith:
freaky owl coming at the camera, at least i can see what is going on with the wings as he flies.
fun bit of playfulness, not quite the agitated look i was looking for, but woud be good as a looped bit of animation.
quite like how he fans out his feathers, seems abit freaked out.
pretty useful so i can see how he looks at his surroundings.
this is probably the closest i have gotten to an owl being scared and making lots of little gestures.
another one of an owl faning out.
This one just because it is really amusing, the owl is saying "are you looking at ME?" O_o Funny.