|WESTERN GULL IN FLIGHT|
This redtail hawk (below) is defending it's nesting territory, on this day from a pair of crows that may enjoy a feast on hawk eggs.
|Redtail Hawk in full, gliding wing spread.|
|Redtail Hawk preparing to land.|
|Redtail Hawk landing.|
Of course differing species of birds engage flight differently. For shear speed this mallard duck hen can beat the above hawk or gull wing flap for wing flap exceeding 40 mph for extended time. But it cannot soar, and glides only in a ground skimming mode as it comes in for a landing.
|Mallard Duck hen in flight.|
|Two gulls flying in formation backlit by late afternoon sun.|
|A clutch of gulls competing for food.|
|Mountain Chickadee about to launch from this Ponderosa pine branch.|