To make a beeline for something

When you’re going straight and fast towards a goal you make a beeline for it. And do bees make beelines, too? They sure do. This is no mean feat, but it’s vitally important, because like the geese they’re on a knife-edge energy budget. The straighter their beelines, the less energy they expend. Get a buzz from the flight of this bumble bee, especially seconds 0:50-1:20.

From the BBC Earth YouTube Channel:

Amazing wildlife video explaining the fascinating technology behind some of the world’s greatest nature photography and how this technology can be used to help us learn more about the behaviour of animal species. Watch this video to learn more about the behaviour of the bumble bee, including its long flights at high speed and its unerring ability to fly in straight lines – Bee Lines! Great video from BBC wildlife show Animal Camera, hosted by Steve Leonard. Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos and watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Earth YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/bbcearth

to make a beeline for sth – etw. schnurstracks anpeilen
no mean feat – keine geringe Leistung
knife-edge – Messerklinge
to expend energy – Energie verbrauchen
to get a buzz from sth. – sich v. etw. positiv anmachen lassen, etw. genießen

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Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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