My Lack of Freeflight Posts

Photo by Dave Womach Location: Hidaglo, Texas Landing: Camelot Macaw "Comet"

I guess I should be saying sorry for my lack of posts in general, but specifically my freeflight posts have been few and far between and that's because not a lot of places I've been traveling to have allowed for me to take my birds out to fly freely. Either because of the weather (I lost count of how many times I had to bring them in for tornado warnings) or because of the location of where we've been staying and what we've been around. Many times we're on college campuses which are just not ideal for freeflying with all the heavy car traffic as well as foot traffic.

But here in Hidalgo, Texas we are at the State Farm Arena and surrounded by fields and open areas. It's so nice and so for two days at the beginning of the week we were able to make a last minute decision and take our birds out for some flights.

It was so much fun, and made me realize how much I've missed it these winter months...

Photo by Dave Womach Location: Hidaglo, Texas Landing: Blue throated Macaw "Jinx", Camelot Macaw "Comet"

Places like this along our route are so relaxing because it puts all us "animal people" at ease with our animals. We are at places/locations that can make them happy. The horses can get lunged, the elephants roamed all around eating the fresh grass in the fields, and the birds could fly and get out all their energy and feel free.

Even though we fly indoors inside arenas, there's something so much more about flying outside and the birds feel it too.

Photo by Dave Womach Location: Hidaglo, Texas Shown: Blue throat macaw "Jinx", Galah "Bandit", Camelot macaw "Comet"

We made a distinct effort to fly some of the birds in front of the Ringling truck for fun and to make for some good pictures. You can find them all on my flickr.

It makes it easier to remember the memories of this tour with our parrots. I can't believe there's just 5 months left of this tour, then onto the next thing with us and our flock. I think they will be very excited to get back to their permanent aviaries in Florida! I sort of feel like my house acts as my own permanent aviary for myself!

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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