Do you think a Turkey Vulture ever soars for the joy of soaring?
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:37 PM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:11 AM
Though maybe you are onto something. I have seen animals do things that cannot be mistaken as anything but having fun. It would be fun to ride the thermals all day after all.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:48 PM
In the early summer, they seem to fly a lot lower, and have considerably more aerobatics in their flight. They do look like they are on some invisible roller coaster, pulling dives and banking maneuvers that are really cool to see on such a large bird. They are strangely graceful, yet still have that slightly drunken teeter-totter rocking motion. I watched a bunch this weekend that seemed like they were actually enjoying their ride through the trees. Most were within a hundred feet of the ground.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:50 AM
That bit always makes me smile, but I always find myself disagreeing with her in my head, too - in most situations where we see birds flying that high up, they're not doing it for fun, but for travel purposes. That doesn't mean that birds won't fly for "fun", though, and many young birds will play in the air, especially birds like crows and ravens, as Liam mentioned. Other young birds, like falcons, play in the air for practice hunting, etc. I do love watching ravens tumble and do barrel rolls in the air, it's pretty incredible!
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