This is the Harpy Eagle soaring above me while I was sitting in a boat. The Harpy Eagle is the most powerful bird of prey in the world. With a wingspan of 2 meters this surely symbolizes the wings of freedom.
Whenever I see a bird flying or soaring high in the sky, it symbolizes freedom for me. Of course I am not born with wings, but seeing the birds moving from one place to another captures my attention for sure. For me bird watching is the ultimate way to enjoy life at the moment.
Wings are the symbol for freedom for the birds. If something ever happens to their wings let’s say by accident, their freedom is for sure lost. Especially when living in the wild.
Here are some examples why their wings symbolize their freedom at the same time:
The osprey has its feet full of catching fish. They catch their prey in midflight. Therefore it is so important for the osprey to have strong wingbeats to uplift him and its bait up high.
The black skimmer has almost a similar technic; only it is flying low over the river using its beak like a net. The faster it flies the faster it will catch its fish.
Same goes for the Gull-billed tern, but this one was seen at the airstrip instead near the river. A rare migrant bird.
Hummingbirds are agile and energetic hummers. Their wingbeats can differ between 15 - 80 beats per second. This gives them the ability to fly in all kind of directions and also stay put in one place.
Here you see the Long-tailed Hermit sipping nectar. It can 'stand' still in one place thanks to the fast wing beats.
The Amethyst woodstar (second picture) is the smallest hummingbird I have seen so far in Kabalebo and it can reach 80 wing beats per second.
The Great Egret was showing off its immaculate white underwings before take off.
The Black Vultures decided to dry their wings while there is still some nice sunlight out there. They take good care of their wings!
Large macaws are those colorful large gems of the jungle. Seeing a group of large noisy macaws passing by can surely brighten up your day.
It shows that all the birds benefit from their powerful wings. And we as onlookers can enjoy passing by noisy colorful birds.
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