Watching vultures coming in to land at Vul Pro’s restaurant, you start to appreciate what skilled flyers they are.
Watching their wing feathers flare on one side while the curve the wing more on the other to change direction, slowing right down to check their specific landing spot or changing their minds and soaring off again.
Relatively speaking, it appears that the leap and subsequent gliding is easy for them, the difficulty and challenge occurs when they need to get back onto the cliff.
This takes more, skill maneuverability and stamina, and is often the reason that we find so many grounded young fledglings, a bit like us learning to drive, they have the forwards part down pat, but the parking skills are sadly lacking.
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w=660&h=371 660w, https://vulprokidscorner.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/chick-with-wings-out.jpg? w=150&h=84 150w, https://vulprokidscorner.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/chick-with-wings-out.jpg? w=300&h=169 300w, https://vulprokidscorner.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/chick-with-wings-out.jpg? w=768&h=432 768w, https://vulprokidscorner.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/841w" sizes="(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px" / Vultures are big heavy birds that can look quite comical with their funny hopping walk on the ground.
Watch them in the air and it is a completely different picture, graceful, powerful and free they can soar and glide for hours as they ride the thermals searching for food.
Vultures are very sociable in their colonies, but when it comes to pairing up and breeding, they mate for life.
There are also reports of parents who” kick” the fledgling out of the nest; this may involve stopping feeding the chick or not allowing the chick to roost on their ledge as well as the literal kick out the nest.
This is nature’s way of making sure that the parents are able to hatch their next egg and raise the next chick.
Vulture chicks are often seen practicing flapping their wings while they are on their nest ledges, sometimes flapping so hard that they lift off the ledge a little bit.
When the wind picks up they open their wings to feel the wind through them – this may be a way of learning how to feel and use the wind when they do fly.
Nature vs Nurture Birds are born with the instinct to fly; they do still have to learn the mechanics of it though, a little like our parents helping us learn to walk.