BEST ANIMAL PHOTOS OF 2017-Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds often brave downpours to gather the nectar needed to avoid starvation. This Anna’s hummingbird shakes off rain as a wet dog does, with an oscillation of its head and body. According to researchers at UC Berkeley, each twist lasts four-hundredths of a second and subjects the bird’s head to 34 times the force of gravity. (Sources: Victor Ortega-Jimenez and Robert Dudley)

PHOTOGRAPH BY ANAND VARMA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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