Ever since it’s beginnings, humanity has longed for the ability to fly and admired birds for this reason. Greek mythology tells of a story about a boy named Icarus, and his father Daedalus, who attempt to escape from the island of Crete using wings that Daedalus constructed out of feathers and wax. Icarus, ignoring his father’s warning, desired to soar higher and higher, and in so doing, flew too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused Icarus to fall to his death.

Mythology aside, birds are a vital part of the natural ecosystems they reside in, keeping insect populations under control, pollenizing plants or trees, as well as providing spectacular visuals. Photographers love to capture pictures of birds, because their combination of color varieties, ability to fly and contrast against the still background makes for great photography.

Here are some majestic examples of bird photography.

Siesta by Istvan Lichner

Siesta by Istvan Lichner

Birds… from Hitchcock by Fátima Silveira

Birds... from Hitchcock by Fátima Silveira

The Last Drop by Elroyie David

The Last Drop by Elroyie David

Hummingbird by Bryan Hellman

Hummingbird by Bryan Hellman

Bird Bath by Andy Catlin

Bird Bath by Andy Catlin

Starlings by Mats Grimfoot

Starlings by Mats Grimfoot

the Wall by holger droste

the Wall by holger droste

Batman & Robin by BogdanBoev

Batman & Robin by BogdanBoev

Kung Fu Master by Lina Gunawan

Kung Fu Master by Lina Gunawan

Roller Bird by Jamie Wright

Roller Bird by Jamie Wright

Sun Bird by ARuitenberg Photography

Sun Bird by ARuitenberg Photography

Cockfight by Ario Wibisono

Cockfight by Ario Wibisono

Teaser by Johan Lind

Teaser by Johan Lind

Angel by Alex Saberi

Angel by Alex Saberi

Silly Walk by andreas612

Silly Walk by andreas612

Cold Morning Flight by Doug Roane

Cold Morning Flight by Doug Roane

Morning Singer by Dare Turnsek

Morning Singer by Dare Turnsek

Snack by Alfredo Sanchez

Snack by Alfredo Sanchez

Every Day is Sushi Day by Oystein Eriksen

Every Day is Sushi Day by Oystein Eriksen

Golden Bird by Rafael Dvn

Golden Bird by Rafael Dvn

Flamingo Bird by Robert Rouse

Flamingo Bird by Robert Rouse

Widowbird by Stephen Earle

Widowbird by Stephen Earle

Entre el cielo y el suelo by DarcoTT

Entre el cielo y el suelo by DarcoTT

Hooded Crows by Sampo Kiviniemi

Hooded Crows by Sampo Kiviniemi

The Scream by Mario Jean

The Scream by Mario Jean

Secretary Bird by Ken Watkins

Secretary Bird by Ken Watkins

European Bee-eater Fight by Filipe Caetano

European Bee-eater Fight by Filipe Caetano

Song for Flies by Gabriel Prescornita

Song for Flies by Gabriel Prescornita

Air Born by Zhecho Planinski

Air Born by Zhecho Planinski

Fight Club by Mircea Costina

Fight Club by Mircea Costina