Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.
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Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.
Marvelous Decks‘ created this colorful deck inspired by our tiny feathered friends. Holographic foil can be found throughout the deck, while the tuck case adds sculpted embossing and multiple foils for added effect. Available in red, blue, or purple. The gilded three-pack is extra special. Pre-orders start shipping 1.2021.
Australian indie developer Samurai Punk created this relaxing game in which you assume the role of a bird, and fly around a vast island. As you explore and take in the colorful scenery, the weather and time of day gradually change, accompanied by a soothing ambient soundtrack. Available now on PS4, Switch, PC, and Xbox One.
Among the various residents of the San Diego Zoo are a number of delightfully pink flamingos. For fun, the zoo shared footage of the lanky birds as they poke their heads beneath the water in search of food. The flamingos have filtering plates in their mouths which sort out tasty morsels like tiny shrimp and other small critters.
Hummingbirds are most amazing creatures on the planet. Having to stay airborne for the vast majority of their lives, their tiny hearts thump up to 1260 beats per second as they buzz around sipping twice their body weight each day in nectar. ZeFrank offers up a few more interesting facts about these insect-sized birds.
Cats and birds aren’t supposed to get along, but in the world of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty Prince Michael has been raising a bunch of ducklings. But when one of the fuzzy little guys struggles to be accepted by his brothers, he makes a break for it, and falls in with a bad crowd. Best watched with Closed Captions on.
In the grand scheme of the meta, birds seem like they wouldn’t rank very highly, and parrots’ flamboyant looks are anything but stealthy. TierZoo explains how the colorful birds are quite capable of holding their own, thanks to their sharp claws and beaks, agility, and superior smarts.
Like many of us, engineer Mark Rober has a backyard bird feeder. He also faces the common problem of squirrels pilfering bird seed. So what did he do? He and his buddy created an overly-complicated solution to the problem, frustrating fluffy-tailed rodents with an American Squirrel Warrior obstacle course.
Artist and musician Bichopalo makes unusual electromechanical musical instruments which incorporate organic shapes and plant life. At the center of the magical Plantyflutesizer is a spherical birdhouse, where his avian pals Pico and Verdi take up residence and enjoy a soothing ambient tune.
2020 is off to a hell of a vicious start, and it’s The Awesomer’s job to offer up some distractions from the madness around us. This video of a bird riding a skateboard should help distract you for the next 40 seconds or so. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to work filling your web browser with more innocuous stuff.
“Just one of your eyeballs is bigger than your whole brain.” Zefrank has a thing or three to say about the lanky and awkward flightless bird, most of it unflattering. On the other hand, they’re faster than you, so they’ve got that going for them. They also have a way with the lady ostriches.
Procnias albus – aka the white bellbird – has a call that sounds more like a fire alarm than something that should come out if its beak. The dove-sized bird can belt out a noise that registers up to 124.5 decibels. That’s nine decibels louder than the previous record holder, the screaming piha, and roughly as loud as a pile driver.
A cat is tempted by a little bird in a cage, but its owner is having none of that. Despite the cat’s best intentions to honor its master’s wishes, all hell breaks loose as soon as she leaves the house. A hilarious and dark slapstick animation by director Jamille van Wijngaarden and keplerfilm.
This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.
Netflix shares a wonderful bit of footage from the David Attenborough-narrated series Our Planet, introducing us to a few species of exotic birds residing in New Guinea, highlighted by the western parotia, a fastidious little fellow who must put on quite the show to attract a mate.
Birds can make some crazy noises, from mimicking sounds of their environment to singing repetitive patterns unique to their species. TED-Ed looks at the ways in which our fine feathered friends pick up their songs, and carry them on generation after generation.
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