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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Learning from migratory birds

I was in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve last Saturday morning. Some people would know that Sungei Buloh is a refuelling stop for many migratory birds flying in from the north to escape the harsh winters.

These birds travel thousands and thousands of miles non-stop!

They are masters of fuelling and efficiency. There must be some sort of weight-to-food intake ratio for sustaining the endurance flight. We have also seen the V-shaped flight patterns of some bird species - supposedly drafting techniques to save on energy resources. Each bird taking turns to 'pull' the rest through the air stream, while the rest sucking in the vacuum of least air resistance. I'm sure there must also be the 'prefect' angle of deviation to achieve the best draft.

There's so much to learn from migratory birds that can be used in the science of triathlon.

Simply awe-inspiring and amazing!

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