An eagle with a camera strapped to its back has flown from the top of the world’s tallest building, capturing an amazing flight point of view. It makes me wish I was a bird.
The view across Dubai is incredible as the imperial eagle flies from atop the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
Darshan swoops 829.8 meters for the live-stream video, back to his trainer on the ground. The organizers, Freedom Conservation, claim it is the highest-ever recorded bird flight from a man-made structure.
The staged event was designed to gain publicity for endangered birds of prey.
“This eagle is a signal that things can change. It was once endangered, but after conservation programs it is not so endangered,” the Director of Freedom Conservation Ronald Menzel told the BBC.
Darshan is from the breeding center in Thonon, France. Falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers guided the eagle down, and said the flight was “perfect.”
Freedom Conservation hopes “that the flight will be a symbol that humans and nature can live together.”