Alan RustDubai World Record Eagle Flight

(Submitted by: Brian Dunn)

An Eagle's flight from the top of the world's tallest building to his handler below. On Saturday, 14th March, 2016 an eagle was fitted with a camera and released from the top of the 2,715 foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The eagle has no idea where the tiny speck of land was that his handler is standing on or what it looked like among all of the other islands and buildings and people. Somehow from that altitude, the eagle actually picks out and recognizes the trainer from all of the other objects, people, etc.

You can see him looking, looking, looking for the trainer, completely invisible to a human eye and the camera, then fold his/her wings and then drops like a bullet straight to that trainer... very cool.

What surprised the experts is not only how efficiently the eagle spots his trainer from that altitude, but how smooth its flight is with no camera shake whatsoever, even when it goes into a power dive at 170 km/hr.

I've linked to the full 5 minute version below. The quality is excellent and the best part is when the eagle spots his handler in the last 30 seconds (5:20) and goes into a full dive.

Eagle Record

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