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starlings on Otmoor (Amazing display of nature!)


A display of nature’s beauty and perfection I wanted to share with all of you!
Enjoy it 🙂

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2007
http://www.keepturningleft.co.uk for more bird films. The starlings are an astonishing thing to see – Near Oxford – England. This was filmed at an RSPB reserve called Otmoor. It is the most remarkable thing I have ever seen – and as a video camerman I have seen some pretty amazing things.

The music is from a companny called CSS Music. The track is “soaring with the sun” – .

I have just received this

Hi, Dylan. I got your contact information from your beautiful YouTube video published in February 2007.

Audubon Magazine published a wonderful article about starling flock behavior earlier this year: http://www.audubonmagazine.org/featur…
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My favorite segment from the article:

Like drivers on a freeway, starlings dont appear to mind having neighbors nearby on their sides—or above and below, for that matter—as long as they have open space ahead. That makes sense, since the presence of a clear path in the direction of travel minimizes the likelihood of collisions should the birds need to shift their course abruptly, as is likely when a falcon attacks. But whats really nifty about this spatial asymmetry is that the researchers have been able to use it to calculate the number of neighbors to which each starling pays close attention—a quantified elaboration of Pottss chorus line idea. By looking at correlations between the movements of neighboring starlings, they can show that each bird always pays attention to the same number of neighbors, whether theyre closer or farther away. How many neighbors is that? Six or seven, says Cavagna, who points out that starlings in flocks can almost always see many more nearby birds— but the number may be closely tied to birds cognitive ability.

The direction of the flock can be coordinated by each birds tracking six or seven other birds. Remarkable. This is a very different kind of cognitive skill.

if you want to know more about the science try this

http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/m…

Dylan

AWESOME X:beautiful moments


I got this video from someone who insisted I should watch till the end.
When it started I thought, well it’s like any relaxation video.
How I was mistaken! It is stunning views filmed, of our planet. It focuses
on what we do have, which is miraculous after all the abuse we inflict upon it.

The ending is quite spectacular but I’ll let you discover it for yourself 🙂

Free fall 23 Miles for World Record!


This is so amazing I felt it marked history and wanted to share it with all of you.
Be prepared for your adrenaline to shoot up!

blished on Oct 14, 2012 by Left4Green
With favorable weather on hand in Roswell, New Mexico, Sunday, Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos team scrambled to make an early-morning launch of his daring mission the edge of space. Liftoff occurred at 8:30 a.m. PDT, and Baumgartner is now on his way up the stratosphere, where he’s hoping to break a 52-year-old skydiving record just days after his first attempt at the record was aborted.

The Austrian daredevil is now being carried by a massive balloon to the upper edge of the stratosphere, where, from an astonishing 23 miles (120,000 feet), he will open the hatch of his small capsule, and jump out.

The climb to jump altitude is estimated to be two hours long, depending on how much ballast is required as they climb. (Stay tuned to video above for updates.)

During the marathon free-fall fraught with risk, he’ll attempt to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he does so, it will come 65 years to the day after Chuck Yeager first achieved that goal in his X-1A.

Understandably, butterflies have been multiplying, especially after Tuesday’s emotional stop-and-go roller coaster that ended on a sour note after a gust of wind blew the large balloon toward the ground, forcing the abort.

“I couldn’t tell what was happening with the balloon because I was in the capsule,” said Baumgartner. “I want this to happen this year. We’ve made it so far. There’s no turning back. We’re here, we’ve got the helium, and we’re good to go.”

If Baumgartner and his team succeed, the leap will mark the culmination of the Red Bull Stratos project, which has been seven years in the making and has included practice jumps from 71,580 and 97,146 feet (in March and July, respectively). Viewers can watch the launch, jump, and post-jump news conference via the live feed posted above.

RELATED: Learn more about today’s incredible mission while you wait

VIDEO: The story behind a record that’s stood for 52 years, and the man who’s held it

VIDEO: The perfectly good space capsule Baumgartner’s jumping from

VIDEO: The incredible challenge of building a space jump suit that works

STORY: Behind the massive Red Bull Stratos balloon, and its climb to the edge of space

Baumgartner, 43, a former military parachutist and star BASE jumper, expects to reach a top speed of about 690 mph, or Mach 1.2, and break the sound barrier.

Although he’ll wear a high-tech pressurized space suit, among the risks he faces are the boiling of his blood, violent spinning, and unknown effects of the sonic boom.

Baumgartner also hopes to break an altitude record that has stood since 1960, when Joseph Kittinger, a former U.S. Air Force colonel, jumped from a gondola beneath a helium balloon from 102,800 feet.

Kittinger is now in charge of flight operations and safety for the Red Bull Stratos project.

“Of course it’s not easy,” Kittinger said. “It takes a special combination [of talent] and the best partner you can have is Felix Baumgartner.”

Baumgartner will make his leap from a pressurized space capsule hoisted above the desert floor by a 55-story-tall stratospheric balloon.

After a free-fall that will span more than five minutes, he’ll deploy his parachute about 5,000 feet above the desert floor.

Family and friends are in Roswell and Baumgartner’s mother, Eva, stated that a successful ending to this dramatic story will be her son’s “biggest dream coming true.”

To give people an idea of what it’s like plummeting so quickly from so high, during the preparation jump last March Baumgartner set a world free-fall speed record of 364.4 mph. The free-fall spanned 3 minutes, 43 seconds, and included a plunge through temperatures as cold as minus-75 degrees.

Baumgartner became so cold that he could hardly move his hands, and the free-fall was so long that he had to fight the urge to deploy the parachute too early. Tuesday’s 23-mile jump will be significantly more challenging.

Said Baumgartner of the mental struggles: “You get claustrophobic fast in the pressurized suit. You start to let your mind go, and you think of people who lost their lives trying to do what Joe Kittinger did. You have to get your mind in a different place. Count backwards … whatever you have to do.”

The Red Bull Stratos team has maintained all along that this is no mere stunt. It’s hoped that the extensive research that went into this mission will benefit future astronauts, and make their missions safer. Area 51 Unbelievable