Watch What Happens When You Put A Hummingbird In A Wind Tunnel

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Robbie Gonzalez

http://io9.com/watch-what-happens-when-you-put-a-hummingbird-in-a-wind-1694887997

Watch What Happens When You Put A Hummingbird In A Wind Tunnel

Watch What Happens When You Put A Hummingbird In A Wind Tunnel

High speed footage can reveal the unusual mechanics of a hummingbird’s wingbeat. Here’s how this remarkable aerialist keeps a level head, even in the face of aggressive wind and rain.

For its season finale, KQED’s outstanding science series Deep Look(previously here and here) caught up with scientists at UC Berkeley who are studying the flight dynamics of wild hummingbirds. With the help of high speed videography, the researchers can monitor the hummingbirds’ atypical wing movements one flap at a time, as the tiny birds respond to inclement weather scenarios inside a little hummingbird-sized wind tunnel, which doubles as a rain-simulation chamber:

We knew dogs weren’t the only animals that shake to shed water (mammals of all shapes and sizes employ the technique), but who would have guessed that hummingbirds do it, too?

Watch What Happens When You Put A Hummingbird In A Wind Tunnel

Robbie Gonzalez

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan’s reflection in the hummingbird’s eye.

Images used by kind permission of Chris Morgan

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal12

Morgan tells io9 the key to capturing this photograph was patience:

My main method of taking the pictures was patience. I used a canon 100mm macro lens and sat near to some hummingbird feeders that were suspended just above head height. I kept the camera [close to] my face, as I have always felt animals are sensitive and usually alarmed by faces. I gradually got closer and closer. To get this shot I was there nearly an hour. The birds fly in and out so fast you have to practice holding the shutter just on the point of release, and then react as fast as you can.

More incredible, still, is that Morgan only moonlights as a photographer –he’s actually in the catering business.

See more of Chris’ “amateur” photography on his flickr page.

H/t PetaPixel

 

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