Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cranes...and Ultrarunning

If you love birds, and who doesn't, this video is absolutely worth 101 seconds of your time. 

I saw this at Shakesville, where Melissa explains:

Description: Video, from a new BBC special called "Earthflight," of common cranes flying over Venice. What's remarkable is that the video is shot from among the V of the flying cranes, getting in slow-motion and amazing detail every feather and every sinuous move of the cranes' lovely long necks.
How did they do it? "Common cranes have been hand-reared to fly alongside a microlight to capture these images. Earthflight uses many different filming techniques to create the experience of flying with birds."

Videos like these remind me again how big and varied and old Nature is, and how young and brash and self-centered humans are.  The chance to see critters in the wild, doing wild critter things, is absolutely one of the best things about our sport.

So many of my friends and co-workers have no idea of what mammals or birds are endemic to our area...and sadly, don't particularly care and have no notion of the natural treasures that they are missing.

I've previously posted about other species of cranes here.

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