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Video: Eagle eyes guide stoop from world’s highest building

An imperial eagle soars over Dubai after being launched from the world's highest building.
An imperial eagle soars over Dubai after being launched from the world's highest building.

 

FALCONRY -- Just how sharp are an eagle's eyes?

Good enough to find a rabbit in range land, for sure. But could an eagle pick out a single human standing on a red carpet in a major city?

Check out this video captured by a tiny camera harnessed to the back of an imperial eagle named Darshan. The eagle was launched in Dubai, capital of the United Arab Emirates, from the top of 2,722-feet high Burj Khalifathe, the world's tallest building. 

This two-minute clip is an edited version of a flight that lasted five minutes as the eagle captured breathtaking views of the city while taking cues from its trainer on the ground.

The eagle flight was arranged by the nature conservation group Freedom Conservation to draw attention to eagle conservation.  This white-tailed eagle has been critically endangered for 50 years, the group says.   

Check it out.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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