See the impressive clip – documented with a 300-gram Sony ActionCam Mini - from on top of the eagle’s wings, starting at an incredible 829 metres.
This Imperial Eagle has now broken a world record by flying from the top of the Burj Khalifa as it’s the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure in history. It was set up by conservation group Freedom Conservation, in order to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered bird of prey and was broadcast live exclusively from BBC News. Eagle-cam footage - courtesy of Freedom Conservation – ends with bird safely landing in the hands of trainer Jacques Olivier-Travers and with proud cheers from a crowd.
How did the stunt come together so well? Durshan’s trainer used hands signals telling him which direction to go in after he made several loops around the building before making the extremely steep descent.
Freedom Conservation Director Ronald Menzel explained how the project to protect wildlife in urban areas had been supported by the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Noora Yousef al Mansoori, Senior Manager of Strategic Communications for the Dubai Media Office, said: “Dubai is an international city and the Burj Khalifa is an international landmark. This event comes from Dubai’s concern to actually save these endangered animals and spread awareness (among) ... the people.
“Birds of prey have always been part of the culture and heritage of the UAE. We want to raise awareness of conservation and our responsibility as UAE nationals.”
In the past Darshan has flown from Mont Blanc and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and Tower Bridge plus St Paul's Cathedral in London, England.
Pulling off the occasion wasn’t as simple as it may look, it took 42 days to plan due to training and for the camera equipment to be designed.