Wow Canada Goose flying upside down !

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Not very nice pictures but....weird !
Never seen something like this from this big bird.🙃
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Way too funny! Other possible explanations:
  • It wanted to impress a bird that had caught its fancy with its flying skills.
  • That bird that had caught its fancy was flying overhead and it wanted a good look.
  • A bird that was flying overhead was about to poop, so it flew upside down to make sure it would avoid being hit by the poop.
  • It had a few too many drinks and none of them were water.
  • It was doing the back stroke with its feet (notice that they're sticking up above the body rather than trailing it).
 
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Way too funny! Other possible explanations:
  • It wanted to impress a bird that had caught its fancy with its flying skills.
  • That bird that had caught its fancy was flying overhead and it wanted a good look.
  • A bird that was flying overhead was about to poop, so it flew upside down to make sure it would avoid being hit by the poop.
  • It had a few too many drinks and none of them were water.
  • It was doing the back stroke with its feet (notice that they're sticking up above the body rather than trailing it).
All your explanations possible haha !👍
 
Now that is a strange sight, indeed!!! LOL! Great timing that you were able to capture this! Maybe he was in the midst of doing a rollover or a drastic wing tilt to turn and went a little too far?! Whatever, this sure is funny!

ETA: just did a quick Google and found this info from Science Focus: https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/can-birds-fly-upside-down/

"But geese do use a manoeuvre called ‘whiffling’ where they roll their body upside down and twist their neck to keep their head the right way up. This lets them rapidly lose speed and height for a fast landing."
 
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Now that is a strange sight, indeed!!! LOL! Great timing that you were able to capture this! Maybe he was in the midst of doing a rollover or a drastic wing tilt to turn and went a little too far?! Whatever, this sure is funny!

ETA: just did a quick Google and found this info from Science Focus: https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/can-birds-fly-upside-down/

"But geese do use a manoeuvre called ‘whiffling’ where they roll their body upside down and twist their neck to keep their head the right way up. This lets them rapidly lose speed and height for a fast landing."
Thank you Clix Pix from this informative text.
Appreciate. 🐥
 
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Now that is a strange sight, indeed!!! LOL! Great timing that you were able to capture this! Maybe he was in the midst of doing a rollover or a drastic wing tilt to turn and went a little too far?! Whatever, this sure is funny!

ETA: just did a quick Google and found this info from Science Focus: https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/can-birds-fly-upside-down/

"But geese do use a manoeuvre called ‘whiffling’ where they roll their body upside down and twist their neck to keep their head the right way up. This lets them rapidly lose speed and height for a fast landing."
That certainly explains it.
Great researching work Connie.
 
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I'm sure of #2, too:

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