Eye of the Eagle: Watch Darshan the eagle spot his trainer from more than half a mile away

Fellowship of the Minds

On March 14, 2015, a white-tailed eagle named Darshan set a new world record for the highest-recorded bird flight.

Darshan flew from the tallest man-made structure in the world — the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which is 2,722 feet or 0.52 mile high.

But that isn’t the only thing that’s amazing about Darshan.

The eagle’s eyes are so sharp that, from more than half a mile above, Darshan was able to spot his trainer on the ground below.

Thanks to a tiny Sony Action camera attached to Darshan’s back, we have literally a bird’s eye view of what happened.

Watch as Darshan is released from atop the Burj Khalifa. (I recommend you watch on full screen.)

For more than a minute, the eagle hovers in the air scanning the ground below….

Then, at the 1:40 mark in the video below, Darshan spots his trainer — falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers —…

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