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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
The mystery of bird flight has fascinated man for centuries and it is only in the past 150 years that the secrets of flight have been properly unravelled. Our understanding has lead to the development of airplanes and to air travel as a part of everyday life.
Flight is quite complicated - so get a parent to help if you don't understand my explanation !
. There are three main features about birds that allow them to fly :
Watching birds fly is fascinating. Some, like buzzards and eagles, soar on rising warm air currents for hours and hardly seem to beat their wings.
Humming birds on the other hand have to beat their wings hundreds of times a second to hover whilst they gather nectar from flowers.
Wild birds can often be recognised as silhouettes by their unique wing beating action.
If you have a pet bird watch how it flies and try to draw it or photograph it* during the different phases.
*If you have a good photograph that you have taken of a bird in flight why not enter our Monthly Photographic Competition. Send it in JPEG format as an attached file to firstname.lastname@example.org
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