Or so I call it . . . also fondly known as Pigeon Tai Chi . . . or simply, the Pigeon Stretch. It’s that endearing things birds do — wild and domestic both — leg extended under outstretched wing, releasing tension from their hard-working limbs. I always appreciate a wild-bird stretch when I’m out photographing. I’m deluded into believing they don’t mind me too much if they engage in a stretch.
Below, a few warmup moves from a beloved racing pigeon, Clive. The last photo is a Willet (shorebird), also in a stretch.