Having longed to fly for such a long time, several usually grounded birds take to the air in a hot air balloon, sailing over the green fields below. Introducing the Balloon Birds.

A penguin, an emu, a rooster, a turkey and a small mechanical drinking bird were all I could manage to squeeze into the hot air balloon basket. These balloon birds are just a few I selected among birds not renowned for their flying prowess. I decided to give them a chance at something many of their counterparts do so naturally. Not hot air ballooning so much, but flying in general.

Doing a little research revealed that wild turkeys can and do fly, but not for long distances, nor at great heights so I surmised they would be impressed by the scenic views from a hot air balloon. Similarly, chooks fly a little too, but it’s usually just a short trip over a fence or up or down from a place to roost such as a perch or low tree branch. They just like to get off the ground at night. It’s more of a party trick than a means of going from one place to another. I’m sure if they were offered the chance to go north for winter, they would forgo flying for walking. Alternatively they would use public transport.

The emu component of the balloon birds looks a little stunned up there. This could be the result of a fear of heights or it could be a natural reaction to having an overly excited rooster on its back and a wing around its throat.

Conversely, the penguin appears to be more of a thrill seeker, standing precariously on the edge of the balloon basket, possibly reenacting a scene from Titanic.

The turkey is just thankful to be anywhere other than on a dinner plate.

The most unexpected member of the balloon bird quintet would have to be the drinking bird. I can recall having one of these many years ago and spent a lot of time marvelling at its relentless thirst. I gave this one his ticket to freedom out of nostalgia and figured he could use some fresh air to dry out his beak.

Last week it was Jurassic Park that inspired the dinosaur drawing. Balloon Birds is more the result of having and hearing birds frolicking about in my roof / wall cavity. Thankfully they aren’t emus.

I must apologise if you ended up on this page after having searched for balloon birds hoping to find the variety of birds made with balloons.