The Bird Is on the Wing

How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing.

The Bird Is on the Wing

Author: James R. Hansen

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585442430

Page: 273

View: 403

The airplane ranks as one of history’s most ingenious and phenomenal inventions—and surely one of the most world-shaking. How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing. Just as the airplane is a defining technology of the twentieth century, aerodynamics has been the defining element of the airplane. Hansen provides an engaging, easily understandable introduction to the role of aerodynamics in the design of such historic American aircraft as the DC-3, X-1, and 747. Recognizing the impact individuals have had on the development of the field, he conveys not only a history of aircraft technology, but also a collective biography of the scientists, engineers, and designers who created the airplanes. From da Vinci, whose understanding of what it took to fly was three centuries too early for practical use, to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Hansen explores the technological matrix from which aeronautical engineering emerged. He skillfully guides the reader through the development of such critical aerodynamic concepts as streamlining, flutter, laminar-flow airfoils, the mythical “sound barrier,” variable-sweep wing, supersonic cruise, blended body, and much more. Hansen’s explanation of how vocabulary and specifications were developed to fill the gap between the perceptions of pilots and the system of engineers will fascinate all those interested in how human beings have used aerodynamics to move among, and even beyond, birds on the wing.

On Feathered Wings

On Feathered Wings features the work of seven photographers who have spent their lives camping out, donning waders, and lying in wait for the greatest shots of birds doing what they do best: flying!

On Feathered Wings

Author: Richard Ettlinger

Publisher: Gift

ISBN:

Page: 183

View: 236

When we imagine birds, we think of them soaring through the sky, high above our heads--yet photographs of birds in the air are surprisingly rare. On Feathered Wings features the work of seven photographers who have spent their lives camping out, donning waders, and lying in wait for the greatest shots of birds doing what they do best: flying! Selected by birder and photographer Richard Ettlinger, these gorgeous, often thrilling images show hunters, migrators, waterfowl, and songbirds living on the wing: hunting, feeding, fighting, traveling, or just gliding along. An essay by Ettlinger gives an overview of the mechanics and evolution of bird flight. From falcons and eagles to swallows and hummingbirds, On Feathered Wings serves up a rich collection of images that is sure to delight birders both novice and veteran, and anyone who has ever looked to the skies in wonder.

On the Wing

On the Wing is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the evolution of flight in all four groups of powered flyers: insects, pterosaurs, birds and bats.

On the Wing

Author: David E.. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199996776

Page: 224

View: 646

From airplanes to birds, the phenomenon of flight has always amazed and mystified humans. Therefore, it is unsurprising that scientists have invested a substantial amount of research into unraveling the secrets of flight evolution. Over the course of the past decade, the science of flight evolution has recently experienced a research renaissance, most of the information has been confined to the ivory tower of academia. In On the Wing, David Alexander delves into the evolution of flight in each of the four animal groups that evolved powered flight: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. Alexander presents and compares each group's evolutionary history, including diversification and partial or complete extinction, especially as related to flight. The evolution of flight in animals is fascinating story riddled with scientific controversy and colorful characters, from the incredible Archaeopteryx to the recently-discovered feathered dinosaur Microraptor. Chapter topics include aerodynamics, comparisons and contrasts among the powered flyers, and the ultimate evolution away from flight. Alexander even examines the surprisingly diverse group of gliding animals, including squirrels, snakes, and ants. Through rigorous yet accessible writing, Alexander offers a comprehensive and engaging account of the evolution of flight, from dinosaurs to modern birds. On the Wing will delight and inform everyone from bird lovers to dinosaur enthusiasts, and offers key insights into the perpetual mystery of flight.

Year on the Wing

" A memoir of the author's life as well as of the birds' migrations, the book draws on memories of forty years of observing birds as Dee explores the ideas and feelings that birds awaken in their flying, breeding, and dying.

Year on the Wing

Author: Tim Dee

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141656036X

Page: 240

View: 307

Birds -- those "upgiven ghosts" who shape our skies -- and their many styles of flying have inspired us for centuries. Tim Dee became enthralled with birds as a young boy, and their allure has informed how he perceives time as well as how he sees the world and his place in it. Compelling and poetic, A Year on the Wing is a month-by-month account of following these magnificent creatures, on land, at sea, and in the air, over the course of one "dew-dipped year." A memoir of the author's life as well as of the birds' migrations, the book draws on memories of forty years of observing birds as Dee explores the ideas and feelings that birds awaken in their flying, breeding, and dying. A Year on the Wing is also a significant chronicle of Dee's rich reading of a gorgeous literary tradition about birds -- from Aristotle to Thomas Hardy, Dante to Pound, Wordsworth to Ted Hughes -- as well as naturalists' writings that train a scientific eye on these elusive creatures. With a poet's marvelous commingling of nature and language, Dee finds meaning and a fascinating beauty in the quiver of a redstart's tail, elegizes the thrilling skydiving stoop of the once-endangered, now resurgent peregrine falcon, and reflects on the nocturnal restlessness of migrant woodcocks that is suggestive of how nature encodes us all. A Year on the Wing brings us as close as possible to birds, as we seek to understand the unique connection between us and them as well as our separation from them and, by extension, our estrangement from all of nature. Watching birds instills a renewed sense of wonder, getting us airborne and expanding our horizons. This vicarious liftoff does us good in a way hard to define but incontestably felt. It also makes us ever aware of our place on the ground. Dee homes in on those moments when the gap narrows between humans and birds, when birds' freedom gives us our own, making our lives more vibrant and alive. The first book from an exciting new literary voice, this beautifully written memoir celebrates birds and the inspiration they provide through their twice-yearly winged migrations.

On the Wing

Explore a variety of birds in this illustrated educational introduction to birds.

On the Wing

Author: David Elliott

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763693022

Page: 32

View: 615

Explore a variety of birds in this illustrated educational introduction to birds.

Brave Birds

In Brave Birds, cut-paper artist and writer Maude White presents an entirely new collection of sixty-five stunning cut-paper birds.

Brave Birds

Author: Maude White

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1683352394

Page: 160

View: 619

In Brave Birds, cut-paper artist and writer Maude White presents an entirely new collection of sixty-five stunning cut-paper birds. As a source of inspiration, each bird is paired with an original message of kindness and strength associated with its particular traits to encourage bravery and perseverance. Inside, you’ll find birds for experiencing Joy, Creativity, Patience, Kindness, Resilience, Communication, Strength, Awareness, Action, and Transformation, and each composition reflects thousands of intricate cuts, lending an astounding level of texture to these delicate and ethereal birds. Appealing to any bird lover or collector of bird art, Brave Birds is a beautiful resource for those wishing to practice a life of kindness and empathy.

On the Wing

A collection of poems about such birds as the Emperor penguin, rhinoceros hornbill, and whooping crane.

On the Wing

Author:

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780152004972

Page: 47

View: 655

A collection of poems about such birds as the Emperor penguin, rhinoceros hornbill, and whooping crane.

On the Wing

A collection of poems about such birds as the emperor penguin, rhinoceros hornbill, and whooping crane.

On the Wing

Author: Douglas Florian

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780152023669

Page: 47

View: 664

A collection of poems about such birds as the emperor penguin, rhinoceros hornbill, and whooping crane.

Life on the Wing

From dainty avocets prancing along the seashore to panic-stricken waxwings frenziedly gobbling berries, from barking barnacle geese to soaring skylarks, Derwent May writes about birds in a very special way.

Life on the Wing

Author: Derwent May

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1849543461

Page: 256

View: 902

From dainty avocets prancing along the seashore to panic-stricken waxwings frenziedly gobbling berries, from barking barnacle geese to soaring skylarks, Derwent May writes about birds in a very special way. As he goes in search of birdlife in a variety of places - the English lanes and rolling corn fields that he loves, the lonely Essex marshes, the remote bird-haunted islands of Grassholm and Fair Isle - May reveals just what it feels like to be a birdwatcher. With him, the reader will experience the excitement of fresh discoveries, the peace and contentment that birds can bring and the comedy to be found both in the behaviour of birds and the human response to them. May is an alert observer of avian habits and manners, describing them vividly and poetically, but underlying everything he writes is scientific knowledge and a wealth of experience. Employing all of these skills and drawing on his popular weekly 'Feather Reports' column from The Times, May creates a fascinating chronicle of a year in the life of our birds, from robins to rarities, with Peter Brown's illustrations adding the perfect finishing touch.

Taking Wing

Examines the scientific implications and continuing controversy over Archaeopteryx, a bird-reptile fossil discovered 130 years ago that many scientists believe offers tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution

Taking Wing

Author: Pat Shipman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684849658

Page: 336

View: 725

Examines the scientific implications and continuing controversy over Archaeopteryx, a bird-reptile fossil discovered 130 years ago that many scientists believe offers tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution

On the Wing

Knowing how much Moon liked to watch birds from her windowside perch, John
and Beth felt it appropriate to spend ... who had always been so fascinated by the
wings of birds, now flew with them herself, and this was her way to let John and ...

On the Wing

Author: John Nolley, 2nd

Publisher: John Nolley

ISBN: 0980157102

Page: 112

View: 761

Take a visual tour with John Nolley II through his first year of birding. John shares his best bird photos of 2006, including the extraordinary Pileated Woodpecker that appeared in Birder's World magazine and many other fine photos of our feathered friends. 112 full-color pages with over 60 photos.

Life on the Wing

A visual guide to how birds have become the masters of the air

Life on the Wing

Author: Brutus Östling

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780007240470

Page: 203

View: 691

A visual guide to how birds have become the masters of the air

Finding Your Wings

A step-by-step guide to bird watching for novice birders utilizes a variety of hands-on exercises, quizzes, and a host of images to help readers learn how to really see birds, sort birds by category, and identify species, covering ...

Finding Your Wings

Author: Burton S. Guttman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618782161

Page: 206

View: 145

A step-by-step guide to bird watching for novice birders utilizes a variety of hands-on exercises, quizzes, and a host of images to help readers learn how to really see birds, sort birds by category, and identify species, covering everything from how to analyze a bird's food selection according to bill type to sketching the shapes of different types of birds and more. Original.

Birds

bird's body , from head to tail ) while bars run crosswise ( from wing to wing ) . Tail
: Birds use their tails for steering and braking in flight . Some birds also display
their tails during courtship . The shape , color patterns , and use of the tail are ...

Birds

Author: Roger Tory Peterson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618307227

Page: 64

View: 164

From the brilliant blue of an Indigo Bunting to the scarlet red of a Summer Tanager, coloring your own field guide is the most enjoyable way to learn about birds. Each drawing is accompanied by a brief description that educates as it entertains. Place the new color stickers next to the drawings for a visual reference while coloring. Coloring the drawings helps reinforce the color, image, and shape of each bird, improving your memory and perception while offering a pleasant and easy way to learn. Fun for adults as well as children, beginning and experienced naturalists alike.

Birdology

30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds Monica Russo,
Kevin Byron. The wing feathers on an eastern meadowlark in flight. The flight
feathers on the outspread wing of a peregrine ...

Birdology

Author: Monica Russo

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 161374952X

Page: 128

View: 114

This generously illustrated, full-color book engages young nature enthusiasts in exploring the world of birds. Kids learn that birds can be seen almost anywhere: in city parks and streets, zoos, farms, and backyards. Using "Try This," "Look For," and "Listen For" prompts, Birdology promotes independent observation and analysis, writing and drawing skills, and nature literacy. Kids observe the diversity of shapes, colors, patterns, and behavior of birds; listen for their songs and the clap of wings; make a juice-box feeder; plant flowers that attract hummingbirds; start a birding journal and sketchbook; and much more. Other topics presented in clear, kid-friendly prose include migration, nesting, food, territories, and conservation and preservation. Extensive resources include a glossary, bird orders and scientific names, bird and wildlife organizations, and "Teacher Topics" to initiate classroom discussion and investigation. Monica Russo is the author and illustrator of several children's nature books including Chilly Creatures, Amazing Insects, Watching Nature, and Tree Almanac. She wrote the "Nature Notes" column for southern Maine's Sun Chronicle for many years. She is an experienced birdwatcher and a founding member of the Maine Entomological Society. Kevin Byron is a photographer who specializes in nature, wildlife, and ship images and whose work has appeared in many books, magazines, and newspapers including Watching Nature, BirdScope magazine, the New York Times, and the Kennebunk Post. They both live in Kennebunk, Maine.

Arctic Wings

Of the regular Arctic Refuge breeding birds, few species undergo seasonal life
changes more dramatic than those of the ... Although not as dramatic as hunting
rodents or songbirds on the wing, Long- tailed Jaegers also frequently walk
slowly ...

Arctic Wings

Author: Stephen Charles Brown

Publisher: Braided River

ISBN: 9780898869750

Page: 192

View: 802

Two hundred color images celebrating the birds that journey to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge each year are accompanied by essays by noted biologists and conservationists.

Nature Guide Birds of the World

SIMILAR SPECIES long wings PROFILE e Much ofEurope, E. to N. India,
Mongolia, China; winters in tropical S. Africa f ... insect-eater is one of the most
aerial of all birds, spending several years on the wing until it eventually lands to
breed.

Nature Guide Birds of the World

Author: DK

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 1409375471

Page: 352

View: 452

Have the world in your hands with these compact, illustrated natural history guides From the black swan to the ruby-throated hummingbird, leaf through Nature Guide Birds of the World, a beautiful guide profiling the world's most amazing bird species. Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, Birds of the World is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the species featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With a detailed introduction all about bird classification, anatomy, migration, habitats and flight, Nature Guide Birds of the World is the ideal bird identification guide.

Field Guide to the Birds of Ghana

... and Juvenile upperparts narrowly fringed rufous (often forming variable rusty
nuchal patch). HH Wooded savanna, forest–savanna mosaic and derived
savanna. Feeds mainly on insects caught and eaten on the wing; also takes
small birds.

Field Guide to the Birds of Ghana

Author: Nik Borrow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140818902X

Page: 352

View: 747

Birds of Ghana – the definitive field guide to the birds of this remarkable West African country – just got even better. This enhanced fixed-format version of the book – featuring songs and calls – is set to change birding, forever. Optimised for iPad, it features the book in crisp, clear high-resolution. Superb, fully zoomable colour plates of the highest detail lie opposite comprehensive identification text and accurate range maps. In addition, this e-book features songs, calls and other sounds from 743 species, placed conveniently next to the accompanying species text. The 1,358 sounds included on this e-book represent more than 95% coverage of species in the region. This epic collection of images and sounds represents a step change in the way birders operate. No more carrying heavy books into the field; no more trying to remember sounds days or weeks after the event, while all other methods for taking sounds into the field are consigned to the dustbin. This field guide can even be downloaded to your iPhone or iPod Touch. This e-book provides a complete field-based ID solution – no birder will want to be without it.