interesting article and great pictures.
Had a great time last week.
You and Solly do a great job.
Armin from Germany
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Without getting too deep into the science of flight, I decided I would like to try research just a little about the physical adaptations and processes that allows birds the land. The theory that enables one to get a series of photos like the one below…
A high landing speed does not pose a problem for water birds because they can effectively hydroplane to a halt with their large feet, Most large seabirds are adapted to alight on water, but if necessary they can use their landing gear to accomplish adequate, if clumsy, ground landing. Bird’s feet do not have to be webbed to be effective air brakes. The legs of birds of prey are heavy enough to perform this function. The long legs of storks, herons, cranes, and rails are also excellent drag generators when in landing position.
One thing I have never done, but am very tempted to try, is skydiving. If you search online for how these crazy folk land so gracefully you will find a lot of talk about flare and flaring.
“Flare – The act of pulling down the brakes of the canopy in order to slow it down, resulting in an increased angle of attack and reduced descent rate”
Basically these daredevils are mimmicing that which birds have been doing for millennia.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister
Filed under Wildlife
Great to hear from you. Was wonderful having you on board. Thanks for the kind words. Adam