Interesting things to know about Geese flying high in V Shape..

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In the Spring, when we see heading North for the Summer or South in the Fall, flying along in V formation, we might be interestedin knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way.

They fly in V shape.. Why ?


By flying in V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Until recently, scientists could only theorize as to why geese and other large, migratory birds adopted the V formation for flying long distances. Most ornithologists believed that this formation made for more efficient flying but could offer no hard proof.

However, a new study put this theory to the test. A team of scientists taped heart monitors to a group of pelicans that were trained to fly behind a small airplane. They discovered that the heart rates of the birds were lower when flying in a V than when flying solo.

Migrating birds use the squadron formation because it allows them to glide more often, conserving energy. The aerodynamic V shape reduces the air resistance, allowing the geese to cover longer distances. In fact, a flock of geese can fly 70 percent farther by adopting the V shape rather than flying in isolation.

The V formation may offer other benefits as well. Each bird has an unobstructed field of vision, allowing flock members to see each other and communicate while in flight. The goose at the head of the V is not necessarily the leader of the flock. Apparently, geese take turns leading. As one bird tires, it drops to the back of the formation and another takes its place. Now thats what we call teamwork.

Basic Truth #1- People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

సహోదరులు ఐక్యత కలిగి నివసించుట ఎంత మేలు! ఎంత మనోహరము!Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! - కీర్తనలు - Psalms 133 :1

Basic Truth #2- If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

నీతిమంతులు ఇచ్చు ఫలము జీవవృక్షము జ్ఞానముగలవారు ఇతరులను రక్షించుదురుThe fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. - సామెతలు - Proverbs 11 :30

Basic Truth #3- It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese. These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

కాబట్టి మీరిప్పుడు చేయుచున్నట్టుగానే యొకనినొకడు ఆదరించి యొకనికొకడు క్షేమాభివృద్ధి కలుగజేయుడి. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. -1 థెస్సలొనికయులకు - 1 Thessalonians 5 :11

Basic Truth #4- We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.

నిజమైన స్నేహితుడు విడువక ప్రేమించును దుర్దశలో అట్టివాడు సహోదరుడుగా నుండును.A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.- సామెతలు - Proverbs 17:17

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.

Final Truth- If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.


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