A camera was set up on the eagle named Darshan which flew yesterday into great height from the 829 metre Burj Khalifa. This made Dubai achieve the world record for the highest flight off a man made structure in a bid to attract the world’s attention towards the plight of endangered species.
The eagle was equipped with one of the world’s smallest action cameras that was the 300 gram Sony Action Cam attached to the eagles body and recorded stunning footage of the Dubai’s Landmark.
The Eagle flew for about five minutes and the footage was show on screen stationed at Burj Park for spectators. Click here to see the video
Before landing into the trainer Jacques Olivier Travers arms, Darshan had took numerous loops around the Burj Khalifa.
The trainer says that he feel extremely proud of the bird and anyone who would see the footage would think the same about eagles again in the same way.
The occasion took 42 days to evaluate and plan as the eagle was trained and the camera system was designed. Hand signals were used by the in order to communicate with the eagling and guiding with direction to fly and when to dive.
The senior manager of Strategic Communication for Dubai Media Office “Noora Yousef Al Mansoori stated that the event represents Dubai’s commitments to engendered species. She further say that Dubai is an international city and Burj Khalifa an international landmark , the initiation of the event comes from Dubai’s apprehension to save the endangered animals along with spreading awareness among the public. She added that as UAE nationals they wanted to increase the awareness of conversation of animals.
Despite of all the developments and initiatives Dubai has also contributed to initiate this event which will help to break through and bring about more awareness in protecting endangered species.
The eagle who flew and captured the specular footage is an example of a threatened species, which has been successfully rehabilitated through global conservation programs, and will act as an ambassador for endangered animals all over the world. The eagle, once on the Red List of endangered species, has been saved from extinction.
Darshan’s flight from the Burj Khalifa is the latest in a series of high-profile bird flights organized by Freedom Conservation to spark public interest in endangered species. In the past, similar flights have been conducted from Mont Blanc and the Eiffel Tower in France, as well as Tower Bridge and St. Pauls Cathedral in London. Conservationist Ronald Menzel said the Burj Khalifa event is unprecedented in terms of the number of people who will be made aware of the plight of endangered birds.
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