Flying lessons

by Robin Fuller July. 10, 2020 260 views

The garden has many young birds at the moment which are not adept at flying. It is fascinating to see them learn, and extraordinary how quickly they become proficient in flight.

In the first sequence of shots, taken in burst mode at 24 fps, a young Greenfinch tackles a tricky situation after a near miss with an adult Goldfinch.

An incoming juvenile Greenfinch (behind) meets an outgoing adult Goldfinch (foreground) in what looks like a close shave. The Goldfinch did move off the feeder without looking, which was a bit unfair.

An incoming juvenile Greenfinch (behind) meets an outgoing adult Goldfinch (foreground) in what looks like a close shave. The Goldfinch did move off the feeder without looking, which was a bit unfair.

Moments later, the Goldfinch is off frame and the Greenfinch brings its wings right back for a full, deep, sweep to apply maximum air brakes.

Moments later, the Goldfinch is off frame and the Greenfinch brings its wings right back for a full, deep, sweep to apply maximum air brakes.

Wings now fully outstretched, leaning right back to shed speed.

Wings now fully outstretched, leaning right back to shed speed.

Still coming in on air brakes, getting close to landing, apparently rather fast. It is likely to be a sibling Greenfinch on the opposite side which is making a hash of landing on the support pole of the feeder.

Still coming in on air brakes, getting close to landing, apparently rather fast. It is likely to be a sibling Greenfinch on the opposite side which is making a hash of landing on the support pole of the feeder.

Touch down but not it seems exactly where intended. The young Greenfinch looks at the feeder as if it is thinking 'how did I miss that spot'.

Touch down but not it seems exactly where intended. The young Greenfinch looks at the feeder as if it is thinking 'how did I miss that spot'.

The next sequence shows a young Goldfinch trying to join an adult on the sunflower feeder.

The young Goldfinch looks like it is coming in fast.

The young Goldfinch looks like it is coming in fast.

A moment later it is leaning hard back, wings outstretched, trying to lose speed.

A moment later it is leaning hard back, wings outstretched, trying to lose speed.

Still going quite fast but getting close to landing.

Still going quite fast but getting close to landing.

Touch down, but below the seed ports where the adult is feeding. The young bird looks confused by the empty mesh where probably it had expected to find sunflower hearts.

Touch down, but below the seed ports where the adult is feeding. The young bird looks confused by the empty mesh where probably it had expected to find sunflower hearts.

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Tsao T-F 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Love your photos with good descriptions.100
What an interesting story.

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Andy Truscott 11 months, 2 weeks ago

smile

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