Birds of a Feather Are Iridescent Together

Photographer Christian Spencer has taken some remarkably well timed and positioned photographs of hummingbirds mid-flight in silhouette against the sun. The tips of their feathers have refracted the sunlight, producing an image that captures the multiple colours that each wavelength of light has (which changes depending on how it bends, from the point of view of the observer).

These awe inducing snapshots went onto trigger my thoughts about the shortcomings of human sight and how without photography we never would have known, or at the very least, seen and been able to appreciate the speed of light within the beat of a bird’s wing — I find that quite hummbling:

More: https://linktr.ee/ChristianSpencer_ART

Good nature photography always reminds me of what life truly is.

Did you know that birds view the world in wavelengths that the human eye cannot naturally perceive? Birds have additional colour cones in their retina that are sensitive to ultraviolet range. Here is the science behind it:

Links for more info: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/50/10/854/233996 / https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065345408601059

~ by Fionnlagh on May 15, 2021.

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