It was exactly 3 years ago today that Carly did her first jump-flap off the counter onto my arm. Even with all our other flying adventures, it’s still the most memorable event. I don’t know who was more excited, me or her!
Here she is a couple weeks later (and a few cell phone cameras ago!) practicing. You can barely see here, but she has only 2 or 3 flight feathers on each side.
She was so eager to practice every day that when we were finished she’d often leave her dinner to come back and do more. Contrafreeloading in action!
I think she likes this stuff.
Carly doing a vertical “paratrooper drop” landing at the beach. Photo © Hillary Hankey 2009.
Of course we’re celebrating this afternoon by…. going to the beach.
For an article on techniques to try to help previously clipped birds take this first step, see the current issue (Summer 2009) of Good Bird Magazine where Mandy Andrea has an article on teaching the mature bird.