Per their usual ritual after they are completely done with sitting on the eggs that will never hatch, Ellen and Portia are eager to go outside to stretch their wings. And what a beautiful day to fly around! I had my camera ready for this excursion because I knew I’d have the opportunity to capture some fantastic moments.

Ellen: "May come out now?"

Ellen: “May come out now?”

I love how Ellen pokes his head out of the garden door to make sure everything is safe. Once the coast is clear, he is out of the house with Portia closely following.

And there Ellen and Portia go...

And there Ellen and Portia go…

Portia in flight.

Portia in flight.

Circling their way back.

Circling their way back.

Ellen landing smoothly.

Ellen landing smoothly.

Spying on Ellen atop the roof.

Spying on Ellen atop the roof.

Ellen: "I am watching you watching me!"

Ellen: “I am watching you watching me!”

They normally do two or three circles around the neighborhood before stopping on our roof. There Ellen and Portia soak up the sun for several minutes, up to half an hour.

Neighborhood crow.

Neighborhood crow.

Crow in flight.

Crow in flight.

The crow is so streamline!

The crow is so streamline!

In the area a couple of crows were also exploring and exercising.

Ellen is ready to go back.

Ellen is ready to go back.

Ellen: "C'mon Portia! Let's go back!"

Ellen: “C’mon Portia! Let’s go back!”

It’s immediately apparent when Ellen is done and wants to go back inside. Unfortunately, Portia always wants to stay out a little longer. Ellen does his best to show Portia his intention of going back. And she tries to ignore him for as long as she can but Ellen’s will is very strong.

Ellen flies to our neighbor's garden as a sign for Portia that it's time to go back in.

Ellen flies to our neighbor’s garden as a sign for Portia that it’s time to go back in.

Ellen flying inside the garage.

Ellen flying inside the garage.

Portia follows suit.

Portia follows suit.

Portia is ever so graceful.

Portia is ever so graceful.

Once Portia acquiesces, their routine is to fly to a little landing above our neighbors’ garden door.  There they prepare to go in. Ellen is always first and Portia is reluctant to follow. It usually takes Ellen a couple of tries before Portia goes back in.