On the Flight of Oceanic Birds

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THE oceanic soaring birds undoubtedly take advantage of the air-currents as sailing-vessels do, trimming their wings so as to be acted on by the wind to the best advantage. I have frequently observed their flight in high southern latitudes, and have seen the sooty albatross sail round, and up and down, for ten minutes and more with never a flap of the wings; but with a pair of binoculars the tail, head, and portions of the wings could be seen to move slightly with each change of direction or elevation.

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WILSON-BARKER, D. On the Flight of Oceanic Birds. Nature 43, 223 (1891) doi:10.1038/043223a0

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