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