Camera-Wearing Eagle Makes Record Breaking Flight Off the Top of the World’s Tallest Building

In March 2015, a noble, camera-wearing eagle named Darshan made an incredible record breaking flight off the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, capturing absolutely stunning footage as he made his way back to his handler. Darshan is part of the Freedom Conservation, an innovative project that seeks to protect and reintroduce threatened birds of prey through “creative conservation methods”.

FREEDOM is delivering its message to urban audiences by capturing never-before-seen footage taken from the backs of Eagle’s flying from iconic city landmarks. Flights have taken place from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London. … As a partnership FREEDOM is a pioneering movement for the conservation community. It not only seeks to reintroduce threatened birds of prey, but it also serves an ambassador role for all species, highlighting ways for people and organisations to become involved in supporting effective frontline nature conservation programmes.

The full-length version of Darshan’s flight.

via Adam Savage

Lori Dorn
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