Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Birds-in-Flight: Nuthatch Takes One on Chin

We always think of birds as being ever so graceful in flight. So think about the bad day that this white-brested nuthatch was having when he left the safety of a perch at the feeder (see second photo) and immediately flew into one of the feeder arms.
After taking one on the chin, he collected himself on the third arm of the feeder, he gave up on getting to the actual feeder and simply flew away (third photo).

In this last photo, we see a more graceful nuthatch in flight.
And, while we wait on any of the Brits to take us up on our offer, we leave you with this photo of a starling in flight. Note the transparency of the wing's flight feathers.

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