22 comments on “Learning from our Birds – The Leap of Faith

  1. A fine post full of awesome observations. Watching the smaller birds that with total confidence, simply step off is always a heart warming experience.
    I worked with a family of Nankeen Kestrels some years back and watched the young eventually take that first step into space.
    Lots of hesitation, and while I don’t have the science, it seems to me that they had all the right moves on how to fly, knew all about the process, but. It required some little trigger inside to make them take that final step. And they were gone!

    The Sea-eagle observations and shots are quite interesting. I’ve heard of it before, but never seen any documented evidence, so your photos are thought provoking indeed.
    We live in an amazing world that should never cease to amaze us.

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    • Thanks David, flight is an amazing ability these little creatures have, and they do it so efficiently and fast. Yes raptors appear to have the greatest need to teach their young to fly and catch food, like humans being at the top of the food chain, the more ability the more education required, so it appears. Yes the training of eagles to fly and feed has been an amazing observation many times in many parts of our vast land, and can be quite humorous watching white-bellied sea-eagle parents teach their young to fish for themselves, it can be a long frustrating experience for them.

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  2. This is a lovely post, Ashley, at so many levels, including relevance to us, people! Once observing this way of leaping by small birds, I thought of them as “ski jumps” – as will be seen again the Winter Olympics 🙂 The birds, just like the ski jumpers, take a leap of faith, trusting they can fly. The story of how eagles train their young was new to me and I found it fascinating. Have a blessed week, my friend.

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes the Winter Olympics does show similar traits, the nerve it takes to jump, knowing you have the ability to trust that you can fly on each occasion. It can be quite humorous watching eagles trian their young, as they have to train their young to do everything, including catching food, and the poor parents have very similar frustrating experiences that us parents had when training our young, and the main problem was lack of trust in themselves to do the task. Encouragement and loving understanding are such vital tools to fostering ability, courage and strength in our little ones. You also have a blessed week dear friend.

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  3. I had never even considered that birds leap like that with wings closed, so thank you Ashley for teaching me something new today. I will try to remember and take a closer look at birds taking off in flight and hope to one day capture some pictures like yours in this post. Although barely a bird to be seen here at the moment because it’s extremely hot, it’s still 34 degrees, as it has been almost all day. Whew!

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it was an amazing realization and later confirmed by many more photos, and Donna also confirmed it in one of the comments here. It has been birdless in our parks and reserves also with the drought and extreme temperatures, hardly any breeding occurring this year. Though the wine growers are having one of their best years ever, so I hope it will be a great vintage to make up for lack of birds. Have a great week!

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  4. What a fantastic article and application to our faith. In fact, I just re-posted your article. (I used one of your photos for the featured photo, after searching the internet. There were none that I could use.)

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