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Why do birds fly in V-formation?

V-formation ed yong nat geoweb

See USA Today 15 Jan 2014: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/15/birds-flying-v-formation/4475687/

Image: Ed Yong/National Geographic

 High flyers

The bar-headed goose can reach nearly 21,120 feet…

http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2011/06/110610-highest-flying-birds-geese-himalaya-mountains-animals/

bar-headed geese clement francis web small

Image: Clement Francis

Himalayan foothills home to half the world’s bar-headed geese

Bar-headed geese landing at Pong Dam

Bar-headed geese landing at Pong Dam

Image: Sanjeeva Pandey

 ‘One of the largest made wetlands in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Pong Dam reservoir in Himachal Pradesh, is currently home to around 43,000 bar-headed geese, probably half their numbers globally, wildlife officials said on Sunday…’

 http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/hp-now-home-to-half-worlds-bar-headed-geese.html Monday 3 Feb 2014, relayed by Shivakumar N. on Delhibird http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DELHIBIRD/

And meanwhile…

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Geese at Pong Dam, with Dhauladhar Range behind

Geese at Pong Dam, with Dhauladhar Range behind

Image: Sanjeeva Panday

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