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

Soaring images courtesy of a GoPro camera and a traveling eagle

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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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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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