Bempton birds – coming in to land
Landing makes flying seem easy:
I love the way this Guillemot is dangling its feet, like two paddles, to provide enough drag:
This Herring Gull is spreading its tail to brake its flight:
I like the rotation of the body as it pitches itself:
This one is keeping its feet tucked in until the last minute:
A Razorbill comes in to land and has a widespread gait with amusing paddle feet just like the Guillemot:
They have very stiff tail feathers to help brake their landing. They change their angle of attack to slow themselves down and then pitch themselves on the perfect spot:
The most elegant of all is the Kittiwake.
Kittiwakes have an uncertain future. They are now on the IUCN list of British birds facing global extinction. It’s been caused by plastic waste, pollution, global heating and overfishing.
It has a perfect tail fan and a glorious wing shape. There’s no need for it to paddle its feet. It has immaculate control:
I hope they’ll be around for people to appreciate for many years to come.
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