Thousands of miles traveled and numerous battles every year with such a tiny set of wings is nearly impossible to understand. This little bird was constructed with abilities beyond imagination and the courage to intimidate every enemy it encounters. Even the wind is no competition for these razor-like wings that slice through currents and storms at ridiculous speeds. They are a miraculous little creature that was pieced together with utter brilliance. The tail feathers can fan out at any speed and brake this bird to a halt within inches, and can manipulate its shape to make turns of nearly 90 degrees in an instant.
We can be astonished at how these birds can move, but totally overlook all the working components within this tiny little creature. It's truly spectacular how they were constructed, and then decorated with the most beautiful iridescence.
Adult Male Ruby-throated hummingbird, 2016. N.E. of Edmonton, Albera.