With billions of living things on this planet, I have chosen to study only one, the Ruby-throated hummingbird. When you carefully analyze every detail of it's structure, behavior and capabilities, it takes you to a place beyond imagination. The physical power and endurance of those wings, the courage much bigger than it is, the speed and agility to outperform anything of its size, and the information that can be stored within such a tiny brain, is simply unexplainable.
The bird shown demonstrates how it can arrive at a flower, and with incredible speed and pinpoint accuracy inject its needle point bill into the specific location of the flower to lick up nectar at a speed of 10 licks per second. Then it proceeds to hundreds of other flowers with this same accuracy. This was a bird that hatched from an egg the size of a mini jelly bean only 30 days ago. They grow at incredible speeds, feed at incredible speeds, and move like nothing else on this planet.
Even though our knowledge has greatly increased on these spectacular little birds, we've barely even scratched the surface.
Juvenile Ruby-throated hummingbird, N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. 2015
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