Mesmerizing Slow Motion Footage of Brightly Colored Bee Hummingbirds In Flight

Humming Bird in Flight

National Geographic has created an absolutely gorgeous, mesmerizing video that slows down the frantic beating wings of brightly colored bee hummingbirds to a pace that allows the human eye see how remarkably they fly, feed and shake themselves off. The video accompanies a longer article about documenting the movement of these fascinating creatures.

The wings of some species flap up to a hundred times per second. Their heart rate can exceed a thousand beats per minute, and they gulp nectar with a near-invisible flick of the tongue. In gardens or at backyard feeders, they’re the definition of fleeting beauty. So who could resist the temptation to slow their motion, to dissect their movements—to inhabit, even briefly, the hummingbird’s world?

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.