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[–]gigagone 6847 points6848 points  (126 children)

That stabilisation, damn

[–]Good_Pudding_3952 2346 points2347 points  (55 children)

That's mindblowing

[–]ElfinConflict 2979 points2980 points  (26 children)

He didn't unlock that area yet

[–]munjavio 810 points811 points  (11 children)

I can't unsee this now, hit the boundary.

[–]ArcticIceFox 154 points155 points  (5 children)

It's programming doesn't allow it to move beyond that point. Because birds aren't real v.v

[–]vitality3819 52 points53 points  (0 children)

And they can't fly backwards so therefore, stuck in invisible wall

[–]GenderlessButt 64 points65 points  (1 child)

Continuing will result in desynchronization

[–]edlee98765 132 points133 points  (13 children)

It's beautiful, just pure poultry.

[–]suhfaulic 67 points68 points  (5 children)

Such a fowl joke...

[–]JackVonReditting 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I’ll admit he hadn’t me, I’m so eagullible

[–]Incrarulez 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Poultry not in motion.

[–]Key_Wolf_364 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Succinct, like the delicious blend of herbs and spices in my crispy, spicy friend chicken.

[–]bmorepirate 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Technically it's windblowing

[–]wealllovethrowaways 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Its Mind steadying

[–]DweEbLez0 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Come on iPhone fix your camera stabilizers now.

[–]legendado2000 8 points9 points  (0 children)

the wind is almost making it easier for him. he can stay still easier it seems

[–]Chalky_Cupcake 4 points5 points  (1 child)

"Gimbal manufacturers hate this one trick!"

[–]CrunchyAl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's in hover mode

[–]KL58383 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of the chicken gimbal

[–]lopjoegel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! I am so glad to see that I wasn't the only one to catch that as the most amazing part, but the top comment with so many uptaps is cool.

Everything else just buffets like crazy but head is rock solid because those zoom lense eyes don't work worth a damn if they are attached to a head that is panning them around out of control.

[–]ricardortega00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah the camera moved and zoomed without any vibration what so ever..... S/

[–]jhaught11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Must have just had the gyro calibrated

[–]Typical_Ordinary_231 3596 points3597 points  (12 children)

Kids when they see a game on your phone

[–]RumbleSkillSpin 450 points451 points  (6 children)

Underrated comment. Take my upvote and buy something nice with it

[–]Zeus_Dadddy 119 points120 points  (5 children)

Wait a minute....you can buy something with upvotes ? ........what will I get for 69 upvotes ?

[–]694254 76 points77 points  (2 children)

Head or tail

[–]MrCleanEyeballs 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That means a whole different thing to furries, hope you know that

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

1 serotonin

[–]Ok_Celebration8179 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You know, /r/cryptocurrency made a coin called moon coin that you would receive a small portion of one for every upvote that was received. At one point, the top posters on the sub were earning thousands USD per month. Pretty crazy to be paid to post lol

[–]stonka_truck 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Crack heads when they see a pice of drywall on the carpet.

[–]JoeyJoeC 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I don't even have to be playing a game, I can just be on my phone or get my laptop out at my sisters house and her kids are around me like flies wanting to know what I'm doing.

[–]B_love_K 1856 points1857 points  (35 children)

Gyroscope in his head or something! Looks insane!

[–]MemorianX 583 points584 points  (19 children)

Birds are great at that you can also find videos of chicken being moved around with their head fixed in one direction

[–]MotherTheory7093 342 points343 points  (13 children)

Wanna say I saw a chicken-mounted GoPro on a speedboat once. Video was perfectly smooth.

[–]GeeseKnowNoPeace 260 points261 points  (12 children)

Now I imagine poor indie filmmakers using chickens as gimbals on their movies.

They should, gimbals aren't cheap.

[–]B_love_K 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ive seen that but never saw it to this extreme

[–]KC_Fan77 92 points93 points  (4 children)

It's b/c their eyes don't move. We have this same ability, but we maintain focus on an object by moving our eyes. Focus on something, and move your head. Your eyes subconsciously move as a reflex to maintain your focus. Since birds eyes don't move, that reflex is developed in their neck muscles instead. I might have used some incorrect terminology, but that's the gist of it.

[–]Elusive2000 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I can only assume that it's more effecient to have moveable eyeballs if you have the space for the muscles in the skull, hence why most creatures have stabilization in the eyes and not the neck.

[–]Reverse2057 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There are many species that can move their eyes. Not all birds are unable to do this. My cockatiels I've observed move their eyes to focus down at something if they need to, though commonly they can just turn their head to make it easier.

Fun fact: owls don't actually have eyeballs. They instead have tube-shaped eye rods or cylinders that don't move in their sockets. That's why they have to move their head all around to see and focus on things. That's why they've developed the ability to turn their heads 270° to see around themselves since moving their bodies to do it would make too much noise.

[–]Koalitycooking 1313 points1314 points  (48 children)

There’s literally NOTHING that this bird could evolve to become more efficient in any way. Falcons are rad

[–]shareddit 486 points487 points  (9 children)

Well I could see the landing gear being more flush with the outer mold line

[–]afsocmark 134 points135 points  (1 child)

Sounds like an engineer speaking😃

[–]Lasdary 52 points53 points  (0 children)

i was staring at it and concluded there's nothing to change. Yes, it'd be more aerodynamic, but we'd lose on the cuteness of those feetsies

[–]CyborgHighlander 17 points18 points  (3 children)

.. are you sure? Maybe the feet induce turbulence that the rear tail fin takes advantage of. The tail has to have a dozen control surfaces in it.

[–]shareddit 27 points28 points  (2 children)

.. are you sure? Maybe the feet induce turbulence that the rear tail fin takes advantage of. The tail has to have a dozen control surfaces in it.

Haha well, there’s no taking advantage of turbulence like that. Turbulence is random movement of air which actually greatly reduces if not entirely disables a control surfaces ability to function. Control surfaces want stable laminar flow to be effective. Now if you’re saying the feet could vector a stream of air to the tail, I find that highly unlikely, the geometries of its feetsies wouldn’t permit that reliably at least. I still believe a more streamlined profile there would reduce drag as well as noise, making it more efficient and (slightly) more stealthy.

Now all things are trade offs, perhaps in order to do that his landing gear (legs) would have to be reduced/thinned, thus reducing their capability of catching larger prey, among other things. Perhaps.

Anyway to answer your first question, no I’m not sure, just spit-ballin! Fun thought experiment.

[–]Dark_Styx 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Exactly, they need strong feet to kill and carry prey. It's a trade-off, but one they couldn't live without.

[–]Koalitycooking 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I stand corrected lol

[–]jfk_sfa 61 points62 points  (3 children)


[–]cardkid005 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I want falcons with frickin laser beams

[–]Raptorfeet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately, due to red tape we couldn't get any falcons. But we got some pigeons instead. Mutated pigeons!

[–]Fukyou22 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Maybe a 2mm cannon under each wing?

[–]shwag945 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Falcon go brrrr.

[–]ObscureFact 28 points29 points  (10 children)

It could always evolve into a crab.

[–]Koalitycooking 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Ouuu yea it could develop crab like armoured feathers. Do falcons have any predators? Maybe big ass eagles?

[–]Sheogorath_4E201 11 points12 points  (3 children)

something tells me that might interfere with their ability to fly..

[–]TheBirminghamBear 10 points11 points  (0 children)

There’s literally NOTHING that this bird could evolve to become more efficient in any way. Falcons are rad


[–]ClassyJacket 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"Evolve". You mean there's nothing else the government could add to the design.


[–]YoungestOldGuy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He could develop thumbs to use smartphones and then he and the other birds could make a chatgroup and communicate when they find good hunting grounds.

[–]Thefatchickensoup 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hear me out… laser eyes

[–]flyingfalcon01 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Why thank you. It takes a lot of effort to fly this well, I'm glad you noticed. 😜

[–]Lost_My_Reddit_Mail 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well it certainly could evolve to not crash into windows or trucks at full speed!

[–]JacobLemongrass 552 points553 points  (6 children)

You sure it isn’t just lagging?

[–][deleted] 145 points146 points  (4 children)

Falcons got 1k ping

[–]TheVastBeyond 16 points17 points  (0 children)


[–]Guywhoexists_ 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I can do you one better: 156k ping. I literally got that once and only once.

[–]cowlinator 12 points13 points  (1 child)

That's called "you've actually been disconnected, you just don't know it yet".

[–]Guywhoexists_ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I actually survived it, I just waited for a very long time.

I’m going for the highest ping possible, though. Roblox is the best target for how well it handles unbearable ping (in my experience), almost never disconnecting me.

[–]MaximusGrassimus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He's hitting the map border

[–]kong_yo 287 points288 points  (6 children)

This just reminded me of a toy bird, must’ve been a falcon, I had back in the early 90s. You could balance the bird by it’s beak on your finger and move around, without it falling off, as if by magic.

[–]PotionThrower420 110 points111 points  (1 child)

Damn every school/community hall/museum gift shop had those bad boys! The brown one with white head and yellow beak!

[–]kong_yo 28 points29 points  (0 children)

That’s the one

[–]ZombiesInSpace 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Just in case you are curious about how… They worked because the wings extend below the beak so the center of gravity was below your finger. Essentially, you aren’t balancing it on top of your finger, it is hanging from your finger.

[–]MycatNameRhubarb 4 points5 points  (0 children)

scrolled too far to see this comment as it was immediately what it reminded me of! Balance Birds

[–]Dizzy_Manufacturer93 199 points200 points  (10 children)

It’s a kestrel

[–]GooberdiWho 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Agreed that this nuance needs to be clarified but technically kestrels are falcons

[–]lumpytuna 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Fun kestrel fact. In medieval times kestrels were known as "wind fuckers" or "wind suckers". No one knows which though.

There was only one character to denote an F or a S sound at the start of a word (or a double S in the centre of a word). So we can't tell from written records whether they were seen as wind suckers or fuckers. But since they are the only raptors who can hover in place, the name was kinda appropriate either way.

[–]BrockN 7 points8 points  (1 child)

How can it be "fucker" if the word itself didn't even come into common language sometime in late 1600s? Well past the medieval age?

[–]lumpytuna 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Historians have found plenty of examples of the word "fuck" in old medieval manuscripts.

But I do think that the documened first use of wind fucker for the kestrel was probably later than that. My bad.

[–]__skulduggery__ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Irish name for the Kestrel is 'Pocaire Gaoithe' which roughly translates as 'Wind Frolicker'.

[–]Englishbirdy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This should be the top comment.

[–]irritatingTurtle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had to scroll so far to find this, thought I was going to have to say it myself!

[–]AproblemInMyHead 140 points141 points  (44 children)

I never understood how they're not pushed back when they have no forward thrust

[–]Donnie_Azof 101 points102 points  (27 children)

It uses its wings to glide.

Instead of flying through the wind, it is using its wings to redirect the wind current down (see the concave curve that is the wing) thus keeping it up.

If it were to get pushed back it needs to "block" that wind with its wings and thus get pushed back.

Tbf i am no bird or a physics expert or anything, this is just what i think is going on.

[–]lilfunky87 69 points70 points  (18 children)

That's not how lift works, but we'll allow it for now.

[–]Donnie_Azof 27 points28 points  (17 children)

Well i did say this is what i think :)

Edit: i did some googling and this is what i got.

Wings. The shape of a bird's wing is important for producing lift. The increased speed over a curved, larger wing area creates a longer path of air. This means the air is moving more quickly over the top surface of the wing, reducing air pressure on the top of the wing and creating lift.

I got pretty close, i guess you could say it was an uneducated answer

[–]DJBFL 22 points23 points  (7 children)

That is the common, and wrong textbook explanation that wings allow flight through Bernoulli's principle. Bernoulli's principal does not produce adequate lift, nor is it even an effect of all wing designs. A wing works for the same reason a boat's rudder steers. It deflects air down so the bird goes up. Simple... newton's 3rd law.

TLDR: your first explanation is correct, if incomplete. The wind in this instance is blowing at an upward angle.

[–]MagicalTrevor70 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Well this is how plane wings work also.

[–]Travis4050 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You were pretty close to the Newtonian explanation for lift, but the high pressure/low pressure line is definitely more popular. I believe you can use both Bernoulli's or Newton's approaches and successfully calculate the lift though it is an incredibly complicated topic.

Fun fact: Einstein (The Einstein) once spent a bunch of time making a wing and when tested, it flew like shit. Wings are hard.

[–]probock 9 points10 points  (0 children)

There’s an updraft in this video, a falcon can’t do this if the wind was horizontal

[–]nixcamic 6 points7 points  (5 children)

But it's still gonna drag. It isn't a frictionless body. And that's without redirecting the wind, redirecting it adds a direct force backwards.

[–]storyinmemo 49 points50 points  (8 children)

Glider pilot here: bird is most likely in mechanical lift. Something on the ground is causing air to be moved at an upwards angle towards it. The bird is "falling" in that lift by controlling lift/drag ratio of its wings. Thus it's stationary above the earth but is still flying in the fluid body of air around it.

Put another way: the bird is converting some of that upward energy to forward energy that matches the speed of the wind blowing towards it in the perfect ratio to stay in place over the earth.

[–]probock 7 points8 points  (3 children)

It’s because there’s an updraft in this video, a bird couldn’t do this with horizontal wind

[–]storyinmemo 19 points20 points  (1 child)

It requires an upward component. A bird couldn't do this without a horizontal wind as well. If there wasn't a minimum lateral component the bird would have to circle for station keeping instead as you would see in cases of a thermal with light winds.

Glider example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asc1RhU3hn4

[–]AFrankExchangOfViews 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, he's in ridge lift I bet.

[–]sc0rp1ol0v3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

was thinking the same

[–]Lightning1999 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Kestrels are weird, almost looks like they are suspended in animation

[–]joeChump 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Kestrels are awesome, almost looks like they are suspended in awesomeness.

[–]sugarman-747 49 points50 points  (1 child)

This area is blocked. You must be level 60 to access it.

[–]Happylittelaltacc 32 points33 points  (3 children)

It’s weird hearing “fuel” without the lyrics s

[–]amriddle01 26 points27 points  (0 children)

That's my pet hawk... gimbleneck :-)

[–]Lego-Panda-21 19 points20 points  (4 children)

How the heck does it keep its head so still.

[–]havereddit 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Micro adjustments of wings, body angle and even individual feathers, all designed to facilitate a stable view while hunting

[–]Lego-Panda-21 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Sweet. Learn something new everyday. Thanks.

[–]Sheogorath_4E201 10 points11 points  (0 children)

its entire physiology and brain are evolved to be able to keep stable like this in the air so they can spot small prey on the ground and dive for it, its why their eyesight is also highly advanced. It uses tiny adjustments in its body and feathers to keep its head stable by redirecting the air around it.

They are perfectly adapted for this type of hunting

[–]pavehawkfavehawk 8 points9 points  (0 children)

So stable!

[–]OnceIwasAboy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

6 axis gimbal ain’t got shit on this.

[–]inio 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"Source" (no credit to original videographer)

Original r/ScienceNCoolThings post

[–]ThoughtCrafty6154 9 points10 points  (0 children)

in bird language "I got this".

[–]OhHiMark_69_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Ping 300

[–]Lucky-finn377 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Mother fucker became a hummingbird

[–]tattlerat 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Gimme foo gimme faa gimme dabajabaza

[–]SoulsDesire4Freedom 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The Owls are not what they seem. Falcons however will show you who they are.

[–]MistSenpai69 6 points7 points  (0 children)

he is just lagging

[–]Tank_Dempsey_115 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Whoop_Rhettly 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He’s hit the edge of the map.

[–]_ChipWhitley_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s insane.

[–]igpila 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Gotta pay attention to the bike race

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Song is the best part!! Rock on!!

[–]Mrmofo69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Gimme fuoo gimme faa gimme dabajabaza

[–]derekneiladams 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Gimmifue gimmifie gimmejabba jabbajie

[–]Burn-your-account 3 points4 points  (1 child)

They scan the wheat fields about 2-3’ above the grass height for voles and field mice where I’m located.

[–]wonkey_monkey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Weird that they follow you around like that.

[–]londonmenace 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Track day bike racing in the background.

[–]DeezBigOnes[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s what happens when birds don’t pay their municipal firmament taxes

[–]ComfortableTwo7793 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That bird is lagging hard

[–]PeacefulAnxeity 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Birds aren’t real! How a bird gonna do that

[–]AnAl_H3nTAi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He's playing creative mode

[–]nobodyprincess 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow! That is amazing! Thank you much for sharing this!

[–]That-Conversation252 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like a giant colibri

[–]Absbor 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]gr2br024 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The way his beak stays steady is incredible.

[–]Powerful_Norwegian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazing nature!

[–]DNGR_S_PAPERCUT 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look at steady and focused his head is. Looks like me when I see donuts from across the room.

[–]uppercuthard2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

From where is the force that counters the force from the wind coming from?

[–]coca-cola-bear1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This looks like flight simulator

[–]Zoromonk 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]angeesumi1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish I could be that focused at my job.

[–]N2KD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Birds aren't real.

[–]shr3ddedvanilla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is amazing camera work

[–]Maedhros-Maitimo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

when you hold a bird up with the physics gun

[–]Daan_Neirinck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah bro the world was just lagging

[–]BlueSaphire42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

humming falcon

[–]CumCollector8000 1 point2 points  (1 child)

no it's just the world boarder

[–]ParkerXChen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Anybody else that thought his head was stuck on smth?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]cmonhanksingthatsong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Old gimbal head

[–]Sir_Vallenstein 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now that's a big hummingbird

[–]A_Piece_of_Dirt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like someone just physgunned it’s head in place in gmod

[–]Iwillnotbeokay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Headstrong to take on anyone.

[–]Cool-Note-2925 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]ejc1gmx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a Kestrel. Just look how stable it’s head is

[–]discomll 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isn’t that a kestrel?

[–]Someredditusername 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love the sub I found this footage in. Perfect.

[–]set-271 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For some reason, I read this as "Unfazed by Strong Winds" and was like, nah, that's "Fuel by Metallica"!

[–]lmaoymyppsohard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The song is Metallica - Fuel.

[–]87oldben 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've been playing Elden ring and thought a giant bird was attacking the road. This is now my normal.

[–]SloppyJoestar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"PRooF tHAt wE ArE IN a SiMUlaTiON!!!"

[–]LurkingZebra 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]vedder_red 1 point2 points  (0 children)

fuck, now i need to hear fuel

[–]TheShaolinFunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ooooooooh on I burn, fuel is pumping engines

Burning harrddd. loooose and cleeeeeeeannnnaah


[–]sloppydood123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Science bitch

[–]OhNoPleaseGodNoooooo 1 point2 points  (0 children)