An owl has flown from the scene after swooping into an Australian driver's open window, colliding with the head of the motorist and causing a car crash in the Lake Macquarie district on Saturday night.
The delivery driver was travelling west on John St at Belmont North when the low-flying owl struck the 21-year-old in the head about 10.30pm.
The sudden impact caused the Birmingham Gardens man to swerve and smash into a parked car.
The driver of the van jumped out of the vehicle where passers-by had already gathered and snapped photographs of the owl perched on the dashboard.
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"Thankfully there was photographic evidence otherwise we never would have believed the story," officers said in a quirky statement on the Lake Macquarie Police District Facebook page.
The man was uninjured.