Although they are some of the smallest birds in the world, what hummingbirds lack in size, they make up for in skills. Consider this: They can fly up, down, around, forwards, backwards and even upside down. They can beat their wings in a figure-eight pattern, which makes them the only vertebrates capable of sustained hovering. Nature's little helicopters can fly 30 mph and crank it up to a stunning 45 mph during courtship dives. No wonder they need to stop on a branch occasionally to catch their breath.
(I'm a fangirl, read more here: 16 dazzling facts about hummingbirds.)
Thank you to Rollie Rodriguez, who took this shot at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Los Angeles, California.
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