Photo: This is how fast hummingbirds fly

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credit: Doug Wheller

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We just love this gorgeous photo that illustrates how fast these special birds really are. The photographer snapped this photo with a shutter speed of 1/100ths of a second. That sounds pretty fast, right? Yet the hummingbird's motion is so blurred it looks like it has multiple wings! Why? Because hummingbirds can flap their wings at a rate of 12–80 times per second, depending on the species. Now that doesn't just sound fast, that is fast! So the only way you won't get a blurred-motion photo of these birds at 1/100ths of a second is if it is perched on a branch and posing for you. They're simply amazing animals!

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