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Re: New MANIAC book is out! -good/poor flyer
On Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010 at 6:29 AM, Erik Boehm <email@example.com> wrote:
> I would suggest that "poor flyers" use flight as an escape method,
> but not as a normal mode of locomotion.
> A "good flyer" flies to travel from point A to point B.
> Good flyers: Albatross, Vultures, small woodland birds, hummingbirds,
> most waterfowl (maybe), etc...
It depends on what you mean by 'flyer' I suppose. How well would albatrosses
fair in completely
windless conditions? Or vultures without thermals? I tend to think of those two
groups as specialist
soarers rather than good flyers.
Geese can travel long distances in dead air without the help of air currents.
Pigeons can out-
manoeuvre falcons or take off vertically. Active flappers that don't require
conditions are the real 'good flyers' in my book.
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