Eagle Eye: What the World Looks Like to a Bird in Flight

By Megan Garber

Typically and unfortunately, the term "bird's eye view" is figurative. It refers to something seen vaguely "from above," not necessarily "from the particular perspective of a bird in flight."

The advent of mountable GoPro cameras, though, has changed that. Now, we can put a camera on a bird and watch the footage that results. Like the video above, which was shot from an eagle park in France … with the videographer being an eagle with a camera mounted to its back. The bird soars over the Mer de Glace glacier in France's Chamonix Valley, giving us a sense of what flying feels like from an eagle's point of view -- and a sense, too, of what the world looks like when we put a bird on it.

For more videos from Montenvers Mer de Glace, visit http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr/.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/eagle-eye-what-the-world-looks-like-to-a-bird-in-flight/279798/