Panoramic sensing is an integral part of how animals manage to survive. Watch how the blackbird, pulling at a worm, continually checks for danger. And hares ears are always poised, waiting for signs of danger while they're eating.

Vulnerable animals alternate all their focused activities with periods of panoramic sensing.

When dozing, the hare turns his ears outwards, open for sounds, and sleeping birds keep one eye open.

Even in their passive state, animals maintain the balance, with a panoramic awareness of the shadows, sounds and scents around them.

Focusing and panoraming are different perspectives, and a different experience of how life actually happens. But they are not opposites. If anything then focusing is opposite to sleeping; panoraming is combined with both.

Panoramic Hunting

When hunting, predatory animals use panoramic seeing to watch over a limited panoramic area, and then look for specific changes within this area.

A kingfisher panoraming at a stretch of water is not interested in how the grass or leaves are moving. They watch for ripples or maybe colours under the water, periodically focusing on 'things which might be' – notice how the head is kept still, if the head were moving it wouldn't be able to see movements in the water.

The same behaviour can be witnessed in a falcon hovering in strong wind looking for prey. They watch over an open field to look out for small brown or feathered things moving, they're not interested in the cars going by.

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