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New Technology Allows Us to Really See Hummingbirds
Five hundred images per second allow us to see them clearly

The hummingbirds at the  feeder outside our kitchen window move so fast it’s almost impossible to see them.  They’re one place, then another.  Now technology has slowed them down and has created a truly remarkable documentary.

Using newly-developed Phantom high-speed cameras able to capture five hundred images a second, film maker Ann Prum has let us see how the birds live, fight, and love.  Remarkably resilient, they thrive all over the world, and Ann’s program for PBS, “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air,” takes us to see them in their natural habitat.  By working closely with the scientists who are studying nature and high-speed technology, she has made a remarkable film.

There’s a youtube that provides a good preview, through this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hjnc1kHMDDo&feature=player_embedded

Or the entire documentary is available here:  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/hummingbirds-magic-in-the-air/video-full-episode/5475