13 Sep Wing Flaps and the Meaning of Flight
Why Wing Flaps Matter
A conversation about wing flaps and the meaning of flight
Sometimes Sandhill Cranes take a break from their busy day of foraging to discuss philosophical matters.
Here, for example, is a conversation between a younger (in green) and a more senior (in blue) crane.
“How did I get here?” the younger bird asked.
“You flew,” the senior bird replied.
“So why am I here and not somewhere else?”
“You made a series of wing flaps that brought you here. If you had changed even one of them, you would have landed somewhere else.”
“I never thought a single wing flap could be so important.”
“It is. Each wing flap is a choice that determines where you land.”
“But what about wind.”
“Everybody encounters wind.”
“I suppose they do.”
“And where you land will depend upon how you choose to fly through wind.”
“Are you telling me that I control where I fly?”
“Yes. Because the sum of your wing flaps determines where you are at the end of your flight.”
PS: There’s a photo of a Sandhill Crane on the Home Page for my web site.
Help Birds Tip
Keep Bird (Seed) Feeders Clean
Why: A dirty bird feeder can spread diseases such as avian pox. Then one infected bird can spread this illness to an entire flock.
How: Clean bird feeders at least once per month.
Sandhill Cranes migrate south to spend the winter in areas that contain wetlands. Then they spend the night standing in this shallow water, which hinders predators from sneaking up on them.