Day 17: From Gliding to Flying
Day 17: Today, as every other day, Dominique the hummingbird was anxious to go to the garden. I took him out and he made a few attempts at flight that in the vast majority of cases resembled more gliding than flying.
After a couple of hours Dominique's mom showed up with food, needless to say this uplifted him. When his mom was ready to go Dominique made a significant effort at flying after her and succeeded in moving roughly 6 metres.
Despite no physical change from when he made his morning attempts Dominique has become, since the visit of his mother, a much more skilled flyer. He does not yet have the ability to fly away, but it is interesting to see the power of mom's motivation and Dominique's own self-confidence at work.
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