A random photo captures an acrobatic goose twisting its body to fly upside down


# birds

August 4, 2021

Grace Ebert

Image © Vincent Cornelissen, shared with permission

A scary shot by a Dutch photographer Vincent Cornelissen leads a hunt for answers after showing a goose doing aerial acrobatics. Taken in March near the small town of Arnhem in the Netherlands, the strange picture shows the bird with its body upside down and its head and neck turned back 180 degrees, a seemingly silly stunt actually called a maneuver puffing. Common flight behavior is used to accelerate its descent by reversing typical wing aerodynamics, allowing the creature to crash quickly and avoid predators.

However, there is speculation as to whether this adolescent goose has bragged with the conservationist at Bird Protection Netherlands Lars Soerink Compare the bizarre step with bragging rights. “When young geese have mastered flying, they begin to see what is possible and how far they can go,” he says in an interview. “They (could) do it to brag to their colleagues. Look at me!”

Cornelissen has an affinity for wildlife antics, and you can find more of his photos of birds and other animals on his Instagram. (about Peta-pixel)

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