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18-JUN-2017 Vern Rogers (fotabug fotos)

Flaps Were Down for a Water Landing

I enjoyed watching this goose making a water landing at one of the Delta Ponds. It made an interesting trough in the water as it landed. I loved the detail in the outstretched wings.

Seeing this goose land so easily and gracefully roused my curiosity about the abilities of birds to fly and to make perfect takeoffs and landings, on land or water. Being a curious soul, I searched online for information and found a very informative book listed at Google Books entitled, "Avian Cognition: Exploring the Intelligence, Behavior, and Individuality of Birds" by Debra S. Herrmann. Unfortunately, the book is quite expensive. But the link below shows an interesting chart listing "Ideas and Inventions Appropriated by Humans from Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks." Note item three, which refers to raising and lowering aircraft landing gear when landing and taking off.

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So what you see in my photo is an example of what humans have copied from nature's acquired wisdom for application in human inventions. Now, the vital question is where did natural creation get this display of wisdom beyond what humans knew?

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Alexander Kazakov19-Jul-2017 18:43
Terrific! V
Carl Carbone22-Jun-2017 15:03
Nice catch! Interesting feather detail.
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS21-Jun-2017 04:36
You nailed that landing!
Laura Milholland21-Jun-2017 00:36
Terrific timing on the shot, Vern. I love the balance of the bird on landing too. Glad I don't have to make that kind of water landing!
Ed Duverger20-Jun-2017 05:46
Great tecnique.
Bryan Murahashi20-Jun-2017 03:41
A terrific capture.
Julie Oldfield20-Jun-2017 03:01
This is wonderful! V
Hank Vander Velde19-Jun-2017 18:44
Excellent landing shot Vern.
parrothouse19-Jun-2017 17:36
Geese landing seem similar to float plane landing. Both use the same approach angle and create a similar style of wake.
Tom Munson19-Jun-2017 15:50
Terrific image.
Walter Otto Koenig19-Jun-2017 15:41
Very well timed shot of this landing. Nice detail and clarity. "V"
John Shen Photography19-Jun-2017 14:57
Ahhh.. super capture of this landing!
Carter Creek19-Jun-2017 14:28
Well done, excellent capture. V
Steve Thuman19-Jun-2017 13:46
Good thing it's not in a no wake zone!
Ruth Voorhis19-Jun-2017 13:28
Excellent, beautifully detailed capture of the outstretched wings, Vern. V
Jim Coffman19-Jun-2017 13:10
Well captured landing, Vern...
Helen Betts19-Jun-2017 12:24
What an excellent action capture of this landing!
Martin Lamoon19-Jun-2017 10:52
Great shot of the landing, luckily humans can tell the difference between water and ice! Birds never really mastered this type of landing.
Kuriacose Joseph19-Jun-2017 10:45
The human techniques for flying are probably crude compared to those found in nature. Also, there seem to be different ways in which flying has evolved in nature. A hummingbird and an eagle have very different strategies to stay in the air.
Wintermeer19-Jun-2017 07:18
Can't deny the facts- a great capture to prove! ~V~
Bea.19-Jun-2017 06:32
Perfect wing control for a safe landing.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)19-Jun-2017 06:10
Excellent Vern,my friend.V
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