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July 8, 2014

Humming Along

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If birds in general are the last unfettered creatures,
embodying the ancient dream of earthbound humans to rise under their own power, hummingbirds have freed themselves from the bonds of the earth more than any others of their kind. Creatures of the light, they are rarely active after dark. And their highly developed flying capabilities make them acrobats of the air. In fact, flight is the determining principle of their lives. Unlike their relatives, the swifts, they are able to perch on twigs, but their weak legs and undeveloped thigh muscles make them incapable of walking.
The Smart Set: - June 17, 2014

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 8, 2014 7:18 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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