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by SantaFeJoe on Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:26 pm
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Although I have seen them doing this, I have never captured an image of the behavior.

https://www.facebook.com/BosquedelApacheNWR/photos/a.383081598409807/3053576268026980/?type=3&theater

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by rajandesai on Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:08 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Although I have seen them doing this, I have never captured an image of the behavior.

https://www.facebook.com/BosquedelApacheNWR/photos/a.383081598409807/3053576268026980/?type=3&theater

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Pretty cool. I have seen them do that in extreme windy conditions. 
 

by Andrew_5488 on Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:32 pm
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rajandesai wrote:
SantaFeJoe wrote:
Although I have seen them doing this, I have never captured an image of the behavior.

https://www.facebook.com/BosquedelApacheNWR/photos/a.383081598409807/3053576268026980/?type=3&theater

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Pretty cool. I have seen them do that in extreme windy conditions. 

Yeah, I'm not sure why they posted this as a some kind of weird or unexpected thing instead of maybe trying to explain it.
I've seen it many times with canada geese either in strong wind situations during landing or as an evasive maneuver
when there's a lot of birds in the air trying to land.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:12 pm
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Yeah, I'm not sure why they posted this as a some kind of weird or unexpected thing instead of maybe trying to explain it.

I've seen it many times with canada geese either in strong wind situations during landing or as an evasive maneuver
when there's a lot of birds in the air trying to land.


At Bosque they seem to do it just for fun, just like when they bathe at mid afternoon and turn upside down and splash. It’s a common occurrence, but I have never captured this type of maneuver. They seem to do it more when they are preparing to head back north. I have seen the Bald Eagles grasp talons and tumble through the air until they are just above the ground and then separate and the carp jumping straight out of the water in February as the waters warm up. I, for one, am just as glad that spring is near, but don’t have the moves of these guys!

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by merlinator on Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:08 pm
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It's called whiffling. Geese use it to rapidly lose altitude. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiffling
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