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There aren’t too many more magnificent sights in nature than an eagle swooping down on their prey.

It’s a wonderful combination of power, grace and precision as the talons reach out and they catch their next meal.

But before an eagle swoops, they need to see the opportunity.

They use their extraordinary vision and focus to see their prey from high in the sky.

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A desperate rabbit runs faster to get away from the fox.

A hungry lion sprints with all of her energy to catch her prey.

A determined ant moves around, over or under any obstacles in its way.

A focused spider tries to spin its web despite the wind and rain destroying it over and over again.

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A lion in the zoo looks like a lion in the wild.

It has big teeth.

It has big claws.

It can still roar.

The male still has a big mane.

It still looks fearsome.

A lion in the zoo looks like a lion in the wild, but it doesn’t do what a lion in the wild does.

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Lightning bugs (also known as fireflies) are remarkable and beautiful creatures.

There are over 2,000 species of these wonderful beetles around the world and they each have a distinctive way of using their little inbuilt lamps.

Some flicker.

Some glow.

Some flash.

The important thing is that they each shine their lights in the darkness.

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The common swift is a remarkable bird that is perfectly built for flying.

After the young swift grows its adult feathers and takes flight for the first time, it will never land on the ground for its entire life.

They eat, drink, mate and even sleep while they are soaring, with a single flight often lasting almost a year.

Here’s the deal.

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dont-give-up-too-soonSnowy was a beautiful little pony.

Since the day she was born, she had wanted to be a show jumping pony, just like her mother and every day she would pester her mother to be allowed to jump.

Eventually, Snowy’s mum decided that she was big enough and they went into the jumping arena together for the first time.

Snowy was very excited, but when she saw how big the jumps were, she starting shaking.

“I don’t think that this is a good idea.  I could never jump that high.  I think that we had better leave.” She said.

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you-are-useful-you-areCassie the cassowary lived a lonely life.

She would wander through the forest, eating fallen fruit, while other birds flew among the trees.

“Why can’t you fly?” they would ask.

“Your puny little wings can’t even lift you off the ground!” they would say with derision.

“You’re a disgrace to birds.” they would chirp before they flew away.

Cassie was feeling increasingly isolated and useless, so she decided to leave the forest for good.

As she walked free from the trees, she heard a deep voice from behind.

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roadkill-is-easy-huntingThe wedge-tailed eagle of Australia is a magnificent bird of prey.

One of the largest eagles in the world, they have a massive wingspan that measures over two metres across.  Soaring effortless high above the ground, they are a wonderful sight and I have seen them not far from where I live.

They are equipped with huge talons and a large, sharp beak to catch and kill their prey, which can be as large as a wallaby, goat or lamb.

But there’s a problem.

Despite their fearsome hunting equipment, they most often survive on roadkill.

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Are-you-feelingHermit crabs are remarkable creatures.

Unlike true crabs, which have their own exoskeleton to protect them, they have taken to inhabiting empty shells.

When they get too big for the shell that they are living in, they find a new one and move right in.

Over the years, I’ve met too many people who were afraid to learn the lesson of the hermit crab.

They find themselves stuck in a job that doesn’t suit them anymore.

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Where-does-the-firstI’m constantly amazed by the engineering skills of birds.

They build these extraordinary nests out of twigs, using only their beaks, while I struggle to assemble a kit from Ikea.

One question that I’ve always had regarding nests, is where does the first twig go?

I know that the final outcome is intertwined and able to withstand the wind and rain, but that first twig could just blow away before the rest could be attached and weaved together.  After all it’s just sitting in the fork of a tree with nothing else to keep it in place.

And if that first twig is dislodged, I guess the bird just methodically retrieves it from the ground and places it again.

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