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NGA tracks down world’s fastest bird warnings of dangers from Antarctica

29 June 2017

In its July issue, the National Geographic AlArabiya magazine offers its readers a collection of interesting reports, introducing us to the Hummingbird; the smallest and fastest bird in the world, discussing the risks of melting glaciers at Antarctica, taking us on a journey to the other side with honey hunters in Nepal and highlighting the golden age of the railways in Lebanon.   

Hummingbird; The Brilliant Flyer  

The magazine opens with a report on Hummingbirds whose flapping wings could not have been detected by human eyes for centuries. Hummingbirds have amazing way of flying that has long baffled the humanity. However, the animal mechanics` scientists use high-speed cameras and air tunnels to decode the mechanism of flying used by the smallest and fastest bird in the world which has a special ability to hover and fly backwards or on both sides.        

Danger Coming from Antarctica

In its new issue, the magazine warns of the risks related to melting glaciers in Antarctica, which are increasingly melting as the climate gets warmer. However, the repercussions of the bleeding glaciers phenomenon affected the climate and scientists are expecting the sea level to rise at least one meter before the end of this century.     

Last Honey Hunter

In an exciting adventure, the readers are introduced to the last honey hunter in Nepal. He climbs the high cliffs on a bamboo rope ladder to reach the incomparable wild honeycombs. He tolerates the stings of the world's biggest bee species armed with smoke and protection of the forest spirits. It is Mauli Dhan the last honey hunter from Kulung tribe of Nepal. Kulung people specialize in collecting rare psychotropic honey and selling it in the black market.   

The Forgotten Railways

Through a photographic report by Photographer Eddy Choueiry, the readers will have the chance to behold the ruins of the Lebanese railway which was one of the top railways in the eastern Arab world. The photos feature rare trains and abandoned stations that many Lebanese people know nothing about.