Canary Ferris Wheel designed and made by John Groenfelt (Carol's husband).
After reading my blog about the Acrobatic Academy Border Cage, Richard Rolloff sent me a link to his video YouTube of a Canary Ferris Wheel in his aviary. The Ferris Wheel turns very easily and requires a lot of balance to keep from being thrown off. I liked it so much that he got me one!!
I installed the Canary Ferris wheel in one section of the Border Cage along with the various swings.
It is easy now to get all four Border to perch on the swing with a simple hand command. As they perch they like to make the multi-hole swing move either back and forth or from side to side.
On command they all perched and watched as I installed the new Ferris Wheel. The one green border looking at us is especially good on all the swings and I just knew he would be first to give it a try.
Just as I suspected, the green border was the first to attempt the Ferris Wheel. What a shock for him that when you land it rotates and as it turns around it causes you to lose your balance and bumps you off.
So that first day the Borders just did touch down landings and quick flight to a more secure spot and spent most of their time in the swings.
On the second day, the green Border leader was able to land and spend a few seconds perching and kept increasing his time as he practiced balancing to prevent rotation.
By the third day, the Green Border leader could not only land and balance to prevent the wheel from rotating but he could walk the Ferris wheel perch without being bumped off!! While he did this difficult maneuver, the other three Borders were still practicing touch landings!
Finally the other green Border started making progress.
Second Border: OK, this landing is not too bad.
I can even stand up and steady myself today!
Oops! Well maybe after more practice!!
Be Sure and Check out the Comments to this blog for information on the youtube canary ferris wheel sites by Richard and Carol.