el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico

learning to fly

I saw a young raven on my way into work this morning. Even though I was late, I stopped to watch him for a moment; he was perched on the edge of the artificial canyon (a kind of mirrored gap between two parts of the building, with some scrub brush and stuff in between) and didn't fly away when I approached. He was smaller than the usual raven and a bit scruffy, and he cocked his head at me and hopped in place but didn't leave.

Across the canyon, a larger raven was worrying at what looked like some kind of food. Mom? The youngster hopped in place again, and then launched himself across the canyon toward her. His flight was slow and sagging, and he was only at two-thirds of the height of the wall when he reached the other side. He scrabbled at the sheer brick, trying for a foothold, and then slowly sank to the bottom of the canyon. He flapped his wings a couple of times, but didn't make a serious attempt to scale the height again, and finally Mom took pity and came down to feed him.

I just thought it was kind of neat.
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