One (if not only) the best things I've encountered since returning to the States - Birmingham Rollers!
I got my first pair from an auction - actually gifted to me - and of course took them home where they produced a pair of kite boys almost right away.
At this point I had no idea what those kites were or what a true gift they would turn out to be.
I was thinking one day how much I hated these young boys being cooped up (even though the cage is big) and thought 'Why not - it's nice out - I can
let them free. When they get hungry they'll come home.'
I had NO IDEA what I was in store for.
I watched them fly - at first on tentative wings - but they learned with such swiftness how to catch air. I was pretty impressed - couldn't take my
eyes off of them until to my horror one started falling out of the sky. I didn't hear a shot but he acted like he was shot - or dying!
He picked right up from his 'roll' and was off again.
About ten minutes later they came back home - popped into their cage and went about eating and drinking.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Since - I've been addicted to learning more about this marvelous bird and can't wait to hear if any of you out there in ATS land 'fly'.
Now? They're my Little 'Dragons'!.
These are not my birds in the video but one of the best vid's I've found on Birmingham Rollers.
peace and good flying
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No idea - but when they do flip it's stunning.
Some say it's their natural way of evading hawks - and I've seen my boys get away from hawks twice.
They fell nearly all the way to the ground and then flew under underbrush and I couldn't see what happened after that but they returned to the cage
about an hour later.
He's about 6 weeks old and just taking his flying lessons - from me.
I had to hand raise this little one - it's been quite a trying time but rewarding too.
As to training pretty much all I'm doing is teaching the birds to come back when called to a whistle - the rest they do on their own. Not sure how
much the parents influence has on them. Mostly they just kick them out of the nest and move on to new kids.
No, I've not had a chance to do any sightseeing at all since I returned - to volcanoes or not. Boo. Thanks for asking though!
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