Eagle With Camera Dives From Burj Khalifa, World’s Tallest Building (Video)
Credit: Freedom Conservation YouTube video
Meet Darshan, an imperial eagle that flew from the top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s skyscraper and the world’s tallest building. Thanks to Freedom Conservation, the organizers of this project, for giving us this rare chance to view the beauty of Dubai from above. The video below explains more than words can.
“This eagle is a signal that things can change. It was once endangered, but after conservation programs it is not so endangered,” Freedom Conservation Director Ronald Menzel told the BBC, which was allowed to broadcast the live video stream of the extraordinary event this Saturday, March 14, 5pm.
According to Menzel, the eagle has a 300-gram Sony Action Cam Mini, the world’s smallest action camera, as it sits on top of Burj Khalifa, which has a height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The stunning eagle flight made a world record for being the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure.
Darshan has been trained by world-renowned falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers, the founder of Freedom Conservation, a bird preservation facility in Haute Savoie, France that aims to protect and reintroduce threatened eagles into the wild through creative conservation methods, including paragliding and skiing.
“This was an incredible challenge and the most difficult of my career. Not only is this the highest vertical flight that has ever been done, but the Eagle also had to fly in a totally different environment, with strong wind disturbances caused by the skyscrapers.” Jacques-Olivier Travers said on the press release.
“This flight will create huge possibilities for future conservation programs. Training and equipping birds of prey with these small cameras will allow us to understand exactly what a bird does when it is released into the wild, and will ultimately help our effort to restore endangered bird populations.” Travers added.
Imperial eagles are once included on the Red List of endangered species but were saved from extinction; and Darshan was among them. Eagles from Freedom Conservation have previously flown from iconic landmarks, which include the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.