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February 20, 2017 - Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Requested by: @redcloud

These rollers are found across much of South Asia to parts of the Middle East. They eat mostly insects, including beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, wasps, flies, and moths. In some areas they also eat amphibians. They hunt from a perch, swooping down onto their prey, or forage on the ground. Males perform elaborate aerial courtship displays, flying high into the air and back down acrobatically while calling. Nesting in cavities in trees or structures, they incubate their eggs for about 20 days and chicks fledge in a little over a month.

US Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots currently fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, and still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in their inaugural 1946 season.

February 22, 2017 - Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus)

Requested by: @fightlikeleia

These small hummingbirds are found in northeastern South America. They forage for nectar and insects, visiting many scattered flowers to feed instead of defending a territory around a cluster of flowers, a behavior known as trap-lining. Because they tend to feed from flowers that rely on non-hummingbird pollinators, their food supply can be affected by insects or other pollinators. Males perform aerial courtship displays, flying in a “U” shape around females. Females build small cup-shaped nests from plant down, incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks alone.

Dragon Dance Headcanons

Mirror dances are meant to look ferocious, half threat display, and full of bared teeth and flared wings. They keep time by stomping and slamming their tails on the ground. They can be performed alone, or in a group, depending on who they’re trying to impress/intimidate. 

Fae do swooping aerial dances that involves displays of their magic as much as grace. A fae dance is really an elaborately choreographed dance of their particular element, with a fae in the center of it. 

Guardian dances dances are meant to be performed mostly underwater, and include a lot of moves that are impossible to replicate in any other environment. Guardian underwater dances are slow, deliberate, and involves lots of graceful circling and spinning around each other.

Tundra dances are based more around rhythm than grace. Tundras weave intricate braids full of bells into their fur, and perform shuffling, stomping, mane-shaking dances in the center of a large circle, while the others keep time by beating their tails against the ground. Tundras dance to celebrate, and in a large circle of them, the dancers can feel the ground shake under their paws.

Skydancers are the most well known for it, and most of their traditional dances take place on the wing, performed in the open air. They involves graceful loops and swirls, and a move where dancers lock their talons together and fold their wings, to plummet in spiraling freefall, until the very last possible moment. 

Pearlcatcher traditional dances are graceful, elaborately choreographed affairs which focus as much on moving the pearl from one paw to another as they move as it does interacting with a partner. Some dances are choreographed to be done only by trusted partners, and involve passing pearls back and forth between the dancers. They very much resemble an elaborate waltz or minuet.

Spiral dances are a series of energetic, high speed loops, twists, and rolls, meant to be performed en masse. When done right, they produce amazing knotted patterns. When done wrong, they produce amazing tangles of knotted spirals. 

Snapper dances are slow and stately, like watching boulders move. They involve a number of snappers drifting across the floor, in seemingly random circles, which nonetheless intersect without colliding. Every movement is symbolic and meaningful. They can last for hours. 

Ridgebacks deck themselves out in an array of jewelry and personal decorations for their dances, which are wild and fast-paced with much switching of partners. The ridgeback who has “borrowed” the most jewelry from their partners at the end of the dance wins. 

Wildclaw dances involve a lot of circling and leaping, using their wings to jump higher and farther. They are multi-dragon affairs, usually separated by gender, and involve lots of mock slashes with their hindclaws. They’re usually used to impress mates or potential rivals. 

Imperials dance close together, with dozens of little touches. A press of cheek against cheek, a brush against their partner’s side, tails entwined, meeting and parting again and again. Imperials dance with each other very rarely. 

Coatls dance in circling groups. They will start in large groups, precisely numbered, circling clockwise, counterclockwise, spinning and weaving around each other, and spreading their wings to touch their partner’s. They create very pleasing patterns to an aerial view. 

Nocturne dances take elements of traditional dances from other species and combine them. They are notable for the measures nocturnes will go to equip themselves for dances designed for entirely different species, and those who think that their style is nothing but stolen mimicry need only look at their innovations. Mimicry is the breed’s unique tradition, and it’s reflected in everything from the painted wooden spheres they use as substitute pearls, to the decorative stone weights they wear around their wrists and ankles to lend the proper gravitas to snapper dances. 

@huxloween - Day 23 - Circus ~

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Their shows are world-class. They’re masters of their field. Their world is rich with color and they live, breathe, and b l e e d showmanship, decadence, extravagance.

Hux is flawless on any tightrope. He can unicycle across it, walk on his hands, dance across it, whatever. Kylo swears he knows the secret to it. ‘Of course he can. There’s an invisible rod stuck so far up his ass that he couldn’t possibly fuck up his precision, even if he wanted to.‘

Kylo can tame any animal. It doesn’t even matter, Kylo will stare into the eyes of the fiercest creature and be best friends with it in 2 minutes flat. Hux likes to say that it’s because ‘wild recognizes wild’. ’You’re one of them,’ Hux tells Ren constantly, with barely concealed derision. ’Of course they’re nice to you.’

All derision aside, they do make a spectacular union when they come together for an aerial display, whether its flying via trapeze, or seduction suspended from the peak of the Big Top in jewel-toned ribbons, but they compete for popularity and the spotlight more viciously than anyone knows. Hux swears he will be the next Ringleader to replace Snoke and Kylo isn’t about to let him just take that title. Kylo remains a threat; he eats and breathes fire, and thoroughly captivates his audience with an allure of dark, dangerous charm. He owns two panthers that he loves as if they were his own children–Kyber and Krystal are breathtaking to watch with Kylo directing them. Even Hux stands transfixed to watch Kylo’s grandeur sometimes, though he’s seen hundreds of Kylo’s acts, night after night.

When the lights go out and the crowds disperse, and the scent of sparks and sweet confections hang heavy in the air, they tend to fall prey to the temptations of their own private dance, ready to exhaust the adrenaline of the stage on one another. Powered by the highs of electric atmosphere and deafening applause, together they’re a masterpiece not meant for the public eye. Kylo is certain Hux could make a fortune as a solo contortionist, if the performance beneath the sheets is anything to go by, and he loves the fire of Hux’s hair gripped in his fists or twining round his fingers far more fervently than any flame he commands on a stage. All the while, Hux grows addicted to how it feels to tame every square inch of the wildest force he knows.
The industry is their playground, but ironically their best grandstanding is done in the dark. ~


Storm’s Stork (Circonia stormii)

…an endangered species of stork (Ciconiidae) that is native to Sumatra, Borneo, the Mentawai Islands and peninsular Malaysia. Like other storks Storm’s stork is usually found in undisturbed forests and freshwater habitats and is solitary. Storm’s storks feed mainly of fish, but they are known to feed on various invertebrates and frogs. During the adult Storm’s storks will preform aerial courtship displays, in which the pairs will do in flight flips, with the lower stork presenting its feet to the upper stork.

Currently Circonia stormii is listed as endangered and faces threats from habitat loss and small range/population size. Hunting and trade are minor threats to Circonia stormii as well.


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Images: SandyCole and Alexf

ask-drakos  asked:

Do you know why the American Woodcock does the little bob-walk thing that it's so popular to put music over? It seems like something they do on their own, since I've seen videos of them from significant distances doing it.


My original thought was that it would be a mating display, but I looked it up and it turns out the mating display is aerial for that species. According to this site, they do a shuffle-bob walk to disturb earthworms for more effective foraging - that’s probably what you’re thinking of? @biologizeable, @securiitron, @thetapetumlucidum all might know more.


A CV-22B Osprey assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron performs an aerial display of its capabilities during the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, July 19, 2015. The U.S. participation in RIAT highlighted the strength of America’s commitment to the security of NATO and its allies.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best)

Royal International Air Tattoo

A CV-22B Osprey assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron performs an aerial display of its capabilities during the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, July 19, 2015. The U.S. participation in RIAT highlighted the strength of America’s commitment to the security of NATO and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best)

anonymous asked:

Disney have filed a patent to use Drones at their parks

Yes but it’s not in the way people are making it out to be. Using drone technology they could create some SERIOUSLY amazing aerial displays. 

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Like this I believe this was included in their actual patent, Again this could have something to do with Disneyland’s new nighttime spectacular. 

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Here is a another concept showing disneylands castle in the image, all the more curious. I’d like to think they could be used to make something like this a reality 

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Anyone else pumped for that prospect?