Air Velocity Surrounding A Flying Hummingbird Revealed Through Magic (Okay -- Science)
Ever wondered how a hummingbird pushes the air around while flying? Me neither. I've always been preoccupied with where my next drink is coming from and whether or not if you jump right before a plummeting elevator hits the ground if you'll survive. SPOILER: Nope (R.I.P. Dave).
As this rufous hummingbird hovers, laser-illuminated olive oil droplets show the resulting wake and yellow vectors reveal air velocity.
Uh, are you sure dousing a hummingbird in laser-illuminated olive oil was a good idea? I mean, from a culinary standpoint, absolutely, but it's gonna take a lot more than one to sate my appetite! 80,000-piece McHummers and an orange Hi-C, please! Just kidding. You guys do know I'm vegetarian, right?
Be sure to check out the New York Times article for a detailed article discussing the science of how birds fly.