NECK PO­SI­TION IN FLIGHT

Bird Watching (UK) - - March Id Challenge -

A good rule of thumb for large, long-necked, long-egged birds is that herons fold their necks up in flight and the rest ex­tend their necks. So, Cranes, flamin­gos, storks, ibises and the Spoon­bill all fly with the neck and head ex­tended in front in a straight line. Herons, egrets and bit­terns fold the neck up. There are times when herons fly with­out fold­ing the neck fully, but this is only for short pe­ri­ods and they soon re­vert to the tucked-in po­si­tion.

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