i was watching a Black headed gull yesterday on the canal at Sykehouse. it was brill. the gull would fly with the wind then turn into it and swoop and dive and twist & turn, using the wind to help it glide about. it didn't do it once it did it for a mile or two. with the wind then back into the wind. (i was walking the same way as the gull ).
it got me thinking about DOGGIES post in early april about the graceful swan. and i thought aren't most birds graceful in flight & which birds are the most graceful and which birds are the most awkward, cumbersome.
i love to watch the lapwing ( pewitt ) in spring what about you?
You not the only one. I sit on the beach and watch the gulls for hours. The way they use the air currents and fly for ages without a flap of a wing. Just wonderful.
I also love to watch Lapwings when they are displaying they pull of some fantastic manoeuvres, I cannot think of a bird that I find cumbersome I even think seeing large birds like swans and geese taking off from water a wonderful thing to watch even though it looks hard work for them.
When you see a flock of Lapwings lift off it's just stunning. Also they are a much bigger bird in flight than they look on the ground..
Gulls and terns do seem to be really graceful in flight, and I also love the way buzzards and red kites seem to glide as if they are on wires.
I think that ducks, swans and geese look clumsy when they are taking off though.
For me magpies and wagtails seem to be quite strange flyers, it's as if their tails are too long and they can't control their flight as well as other birds can.