As the young local Black-shouldered Kites have continued to grow, they reached the point where all the necessary training had ended, and they needed to take a leap-of-faith and step off the trees and taste the thrill of flight.
It is interesting to watch how they tackle this major step, and I’ve often wondered if there isn’t some internal brain function that kind of switches on the ‘Let’s Go’ signal, and they finally ease their grip on branch or leaf, and suddenly find themselves free.
All the training does not prepare them for the next event.
HOW DO YOU STOP THIS THING?
With no aeronautical skills to speak of, they resort to a simple, crash into the leaves at the top of the tree. Surprisingly, they are not very heavy, and the whole momentum thing doesn’t seem to harm them in anyway. After a little they even begin to figure out how to slow things down a bit, and sort of just ‘lob’ into the leaves.
Within a couple of days, they have most of the skills for landing on branches, and soon they can practice high-speed manoeuvres and swing in on just about any branch from any angle.
So here is a week or so’s worth of flight and landing shots. They are but a smallish collection as we’ve had a few good days with them over the past week.
I’ve also begun to make some Shared Photos Albums on Lightroom Web.
I’m thinking in future to put the bulk of the story pictures there, and then insert a link in the weblog. This means I can share a few more of the event without filling up the page here on WordPress.
Hope it works for you. Feedback welcome.