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originally posted by: AnkhMorpork
I had a big black bird experience that was very interesting. I made a post about it somewhere else, so I'll copy it here
A high performance raven.
Today, Feb 29th, 2016, after a great day of work, when i went outside my office and paused to take in the air and the scene and listen to the sound of the spring birds twittering in the field of the evening dusk, i looked up and saw, with a certain admiration, a wonderful raven flying with outstretched wings and i thought "nice wingspan", but here's what it gets interesting. Presumably seeing me looking up at it with wide-eyed wonder, it suddenly closed it's wings tight around it's body and get this - it did a 360 degree barrel roll, right around, completely upside down and over, then made some strange noise that i presumed to be the raven version of a giggle as it recovered from the short dive and flew directly overhead and over the office building, as i shouted up at it - HEY!
It did it for fun, and to show off, as if to say "you think that's cool - watch THIS!" I've never seen anything like it. If i'd caught it on video it would have been an Internet sensation. Smart birds. Fun birds, sometimes.. I liked this particular one a lot. There was something almost Godly in the exchange. I'll never forget it. Just thought i'd share.