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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area birds

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Doug,

Your pictures could mAke it thought how straightforward BIF pictures are! Do you use the Sony’s tracking capability?

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This set of pictures, Doug, has awoken a new interest for me.

Seeing these different birds in flight, (and not merely sitting pretty on a branch or by a pond), creates a very different impression.

I now think, not of “beauty”, but of the miracle of flight and flight for that birds lifestyle!

So from today, I’m motivated to see if I can find out about the various wing structures and how they are optimized for the needed behaviors of that bird!

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But surprisingly the wings morphologies on your birds do seem rather similar on my first comparisons! So obviously my mind is untrained to look much beyond fascinating great looks and fabulous colors!

I am certain folk have gotten their PH.D.s on bird soaring or fast flight.

So today I will look for some books or videos on BIF!

Asher
 

Doug Herr

Member
This set of pictures, Doug, has awoken a new interest for me.

Seeing these different birds in flight, (and not merely sitting pretty on a branch or by a pond), creates a very different impression.

I now think, not of “beauty”, but of the miracle of flight and flight for that birds lifestyle!

So from today, I’m motivated to see if I can find out about the various wing structures and how they are optimized for the needed behaviors of that bird!




But surprisingly the wings morphologies on your birds do seem rather similar on my first comparisons! So obviously my mind is untrained to look much beyond fascinating great looks and fabulous colors!

I am certain folk have gotten their PH.D.s on bird soaring or fast flight.

So today I will look for some books or videos on BIF!

Asher
Herons' wings are those of generalists so no special modifications there, but compare the wingtips of the pelican (soaring flight) with those of the tern (quick, maneuverable).
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Herons' wings are those of generalists so no special modifications there, but compare the wingtips of the pelican (soaring flight) with those of the tern (quick, maneuverable).
I am very interested in those different modifications. One only asks that question when we see the birds in the air, as then they need to have adaptions in shape, feathers, trimming, angles of attack, (to the air), to be able to command their essential creature movements.

I found a wonderful introduction here!

So I will now look for videos! For sure the dynamics and relationships to anatomy are worked out at least for the past 50 years.

But I missed that class!

Asher
 
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