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I have watched them (albatross) do that many times. I think they do so because they can. Magnificent fliers.
It's like Jimmy Durante dressed up as a bald eagle
The Schnoz 'Trozz
Heck of a photograph!
I was driving down the Coos River Highway a few months ago and saw a heron taking off. It was flying very fast, very low, occasionally a wingtip touching the water. I assume birds get more lift in ground effect just like airplanes do.I paced it for 3-4 miles at a steady 38 mph per GPS.