Record-breaking 'Eagle Cam' captures flight from top of Burj Khalifa
See the bird's eye view
A team of conservationists, from the charity Freedom Conservation, have highlighted the plight of endangered eagles by filming a world record-breaking flight from the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Darshan the eagle had one of the world's smallest cameras carefully attached to him to record the stunning views from the top, giving an extraordinary bird's eye perspective of the Dubai cityscape.
The stunt aims to raise awareness of the plight of threatened wildlife, of which Darshan is an example, and to encourage humans to live harmoniously with animals whose populations are depleting due to urbanisation and climate change among other factors.
Darshan, who has been successfully rehabilitated through a global conservation programme himself, has been trained to follow cues from his handler who provides signals from the ground, instructing him to glide, turn, or dive and return. He has performed similar stunts in other cities such as The Empire State Building in New York, but yesterday's flight, in true Dubai style, set a new world record. Take a look at the stunning footage in the video below.