Watched “Winged Migration” last night. It was wonderful to see so many different birds close up and in detail in flight. Geese, ducks, sea gulls, storks and a bunch of others flying in formations. Fantastic animals, powerful, graceful, determined, traveling thousands of miles nonstop.
I wonder how they could have been engineered so perfectly and efficient.Â Wood ducks, pelicans, designed with wind tunnel exactness and precision. These are no half-baked ultralite aircraft with wire and tubing and nylon cloth sewn together. No primative and awkward F16’s or fuel guzzling 747’s that are so delicate that they can only land on level paved runways thousands of feet in length.
Birds areÂ the real deal! Snow geese pumping their ultra efficient wings with massive muscles for hours on end fueled with only a couple pounds of food and muscle fat! The narrator suggests they may be homing in on the sun, stars and the earth’s magnetic field in order to return to the exact place of their birth each year. Do they fly in “v” patterns in order to help fine tune their course by drawing from the recollected sight map from each member of the team? Who can say for sure?
How much time did it take to design each one? A day, a week,Â a year? What tools were employed and how were the designs tested? Was it a solo effort, or were there “design teams” employed to work onÂ a species, a genera perhaps? Each having their own approach to feather form and balance, food gathering behavior,Â balancing flight speed and manuevering capabilities. Vocalization patterns and voicing, land mobility and coordination, colors, styleÂ and visual appeal. Some like the magnificent macaws, seem to be painted just so in order to put a smile on the faces of men and women.
Â How did i ever swallow the lies about hoakie “evolution”Â and lame “natural selection”? I’m embarrassed to admit that i did and for a very long time. I did though, but never again!! Movies like “Winged Migration” really help me see things more clearly. Like the incredible treasures of love that our Creator has poured upon us.
Will we ever REALLY appreciate all the work that went into designing and sustaining all these wonderfulÂ and amazingÂ creatures? I suppose thanking our Heavenly Father and Creator and Savior for them is a start, at least.
Â Wayne Hollyoak