Masters of Flight

When it comes to aerodynamics, hummingbirds are fine‑tuned machines.

Using a high-speed, high-resolution camera, photographer Anand Varma captures what the naked eye can’t see—the breathtaking maneuvers of a hummingbird in flight. Varma teamed up with scientists studying the biology of hummingbirds to reveal the secrets behind these captivating creatures.

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An Anna’s hummingbird drinks artificial nectar from a glass vessel. The bird’s forked tongue makes a sipping motion up to 15 times a second.

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A hummingbird shakes off rain the same way a wet dog does, with an oscillation of its head and body.

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