This picture has been circulating on twitter and in the office. But it doesn't say where it is. Can anyone provide the church's location?

Confused chicken or church

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    Free hint: images.google.com provides the option to search by uploaded photo or url. (See camera-icon)
    – Bernhard
    Jul 19, 2013 at 5:38
  • My understanding is that it's an owl not a chicken, and when you walk around the building the owl eyes follow you as an owl can turn its head 360 degrees...maybe someone can research this. It's located in Madeira Beach Florida. Mar 26, 2022 at 2:42

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This is the Church By The Sea in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Visitors have flocked to the Church By The Sea in Tampa Bay, Florida after word spread of its resemblance to a character from hit game Angry Birds. While visitors can clearly make out the bird’s eyes, beak and wings, the church’s resemblance to a feathered animal is purely coincidental.

This is a satellite view from Google maps.
The church's official website.


This is Church By the Sea - around the corner from my childhood home, Madeira Beach, Florida. It faces the Gulf of Mexico (not Tampa Bay) and reminds me of Perry the Platypus.

  • Thanks, Local knowledge is always better than just internet information.
    – Willeke
    Sep 7, 2019 at 18:05
  • Er, zooming in on google it seems to technically face SE towards Tampa Bay ;) google.com/maps/place/Church+by+the+Sea/…
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 9, 2019 at 23:14
  • @MarkMayo: The body of water southeast of the church is Boca Ciega Bay. Tampa Bay is the body of water about 15 km east, directly to the east of Saint Petersburg. Mar 19, 2022 at 23:27

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