September Beach Flying

Posted by Raz on Sep 7th, 2008
Sep 7

The beaches are getting less crowded, though the weather is still lovely.    Carly and the macaws haven’t been out to the beach in almost 2 weeks because we’ve been busy moving, so it was nice to let them get some sea breeze in their wings.

Piper came along and strolled on my shoulder, and Carly was far less attentive to other men. She even let several red-headed guys get away! Piper is already wanting to take off and fly with her when she goes, but we haven’t done very much training yet. But clearly he’s going to be an enthusiastic beach flyer! Carly did some big flights at the very beginning and end of the outing, but in between she stayed on my shoulder or did short flights most of the time. Protective of “her” baby I think.

I realized how tolerant she is of him she really is today when she made the ultimate sacrifice: she moved over and gave up the highly coveted left shoulder position when we were walking. Sometimes they both sat on the left shoulder and sometimes she let him have the whole thing. Now that’s love.

Unfortunately there may not be many photos of greys in flight at the beach for awhile — certainly not as good as the ones you’ve been seeing! Hugh and the boys are moving back to Philadelphia. So look for some new Redfront scenery in your inbox if you’re on one of the flight photos lists.

Here are a couple from today. This one reminds me of an eagle soaring.


And here she is going into a diving flip…

carly diving flip

Photos by Hugh Choi.
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Memorial Weekend Photos

Posted by Raz on May 26th, 2008
May 26

Just a few pics from our Memorial Day weekend outing on Saturday. The beach was blessedly uncrowded because it had been cold and rainy earlier in the day. Every one was doing very low flights for some reason, including the seagulls. My favorite of the day:


Low flying…



We found a stranded baby seal late in the day and stood watch for awhile. That gave Carly a lot of time to make friends.


She was her normal friendly self today, not the flirty, lovestruck teenager she has been this spring. Her intense “coming of age” seems to be coming to an end. Her excessive grooming of a “brood patch” and nipping at her wing feathers has thankfully stopped also. Here you can see her big fuzzy belly.


More pictures in the gallery.


flips & fakeouts

Posted by Raz on May 4th, 2008
May 4

Sometimes the foursome flying turns into a “missing man” formation when Carly takes a dive. (All photos by Hugh Choi.)

Carly coming in for a landing…



spring flings

Posted by Raz on May 1st, 2008
May 1

Beach flying on warm spring days.

Photo by Hillary Hankey. Look ma, eyes closed!

Photos by Hugh Choi.
Checking out what’s above.

The walk in. Otis and Gizmo met us down by the pier while Annie practiced recalls at the wall.

In for a landing. I swear she tries to make these as dramatic as possible.