Record-breaking flight gives eagle-eye view of Dubai

The plight of endangered eagles has been highlighted with a record-breaking flight by a magnificent bird of prey named Darshan.

Darshan, an imperial eagle, was equipped with a micro-camera by a team of conservationists as he took flight from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, according to a BBC report.

It was the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure - 829.8m up - and was streamed live on TV channels and in Dubai Mall, according to reports.

Co-founder of Freedom Conservation Ronald Menzel said: "Flying the eagle from the top of Burj Khalifa, one of the world's most iconic structures will attract attention to our campaign and programmes."

Preparations took over 40 days.

Darshan was trained by falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers from a breeding facility in Thonon, France. The bird was equipped with the world's smallest action camera, made by Sony.

"The main concern was the weight of the camera," said Mr Travers before the flight. "We did not want to restrict the eagle's ability to fly in any way."

Freedom Conservation works in collaboration with SOS - Save our Species - and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals.

Birds of prey are rooted in the heritage of culture of the United Arab Emirates, which has the Golden Falcon as the nation symbol.


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