Asian Open-billed Stork landing at Wat Phai Lom, ThailandNATURAL FLIGHT: BIOLOGY & PHYSICS  

A Web page by Roy J. Beckemeyer 

Last updated: 26 March 2011.

The photograph to the right shows many of the variable-geometry aspects of a bird's wings.  Airplanes have flaps, slats and other exotic movable devices to alter the size and shape and thereby the flow of air over the wing to allow flight at a variety of airspeeds.  Most of those devices can be found, in prototype form, in the wings of birds.  

Photo by Roy J. Beckemeyer, Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans), one of thousands nesting at Wat Phai Lom Buddhist Monastery near Bangkok, Thailand.  15 January, 2000.

Aeshna palmata hovering - New MexicoFLIGHT IN NATURE

(Photo at right taken at Blackfire Ranch, NM in Aug. 2000 using 70-200mm Sigma f2.8 lens with a 2x telextender on a Nikon camera without flash.  Aeschna palmata dragonfly hovering at lake edge.  Fore wings on downstroke, hind wings on upstroke. Photo by Roy J. Beckemeyer.)

The following links are to pages relating to work I have been doing in areas directly or indirectly dealing with the flight of insects, birds, bats or pterosaurs:



Link here to series of articles from ARGIA: The Newsletter of The Dragonfly Society of The Americas on dragonly flight.





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