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#2622082 - Mon Mar 19 2012 08:07 PM Restricted air space ?
Hunterisme Offline
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Apparently, snow geese get better wind resistance by drafting.

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#2622091 - Mon Mar 19 2012 08:22 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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sorry, that`s not drafting................

Cooperative fluid dynamics techniques like drafting are found in nature as well. Flocks of geese and some other birds fly in a V formation because the wingtip vortices generated by the front bird will create up-wash circulations. The birds flying behind will receive lift force from these up-wash vortices. Thus other birds in the flock do not need to work as hard to achieve lift. Studies show that birds in a V formation place themselves roughly at the optimum distance predicted by simple aerodynamic theory.[6] The theory behind this is the same as the one for the wings of an airplane in general.[citation needed] However it does not work quite the same way as drafting in racing. Birds fly in a flock for better lifting force whereas the race cars stay close for less total aerodynamic drag force.

Other animals have been observed to use true drafting behavior reminiscent of auto racing or cycling. Caribbean spiny lobsters for example are known to migrate in close single-file formation "lobster trains".[7][8]
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#2622143 - Mon Mar 19 2012 09:16 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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My eyes are going crossed starring at that pic, very cool.

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#2622145 - Mon Mar 19 2012 09:18 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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Cool! thumbs

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#2622180 - Mon Mar 19 2012 10:01 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: bad primer]
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I am sending this to all my goose buddies who have insisted that they fly in a V formation to impress chicks. I knew they were nerds all along.
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#2622228 - Mon Mar 19 2012 10:48 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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great capture!
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#2622263 - Mon Mar 19 2012 11:10 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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I am fully aware of the V formation and aerodynamics of birds in flight, it was a play on words for the topic, but appreciated the information. A few others showing natural flight. It is amazing to me the amount of limited air space and the ability to use the space wisely.



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#2622523 - Tue Mar 20 2012 09:47 AM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
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nice pics
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#2622607 - Tue Mar 20 2012 12:03 PM Re: Restricted air space ? [Re: Hunterisme]
Mus Offline
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Nice Work, Carl! It's amazing that they don't constantly run into each other and how they can communicate as a flock with all the honking and flapping going on around them.

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