Eagle’s Point Of View: GoPro Camera Strapped To Bird’s Back Captures Amazing Aerial Footage [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on September 18, 2013 9:58 PM EDT

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Someone strapped a camera to an eagle's back, and the bird's-eye view is pretty spectacular. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

If you ever wanted to see the world from an eagle's perspective, here's your chance. Amazing footage captured on a GoPro camera strapped to the bird's back shows what happens when nature and technology work together.

This bird's-eye view of the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France is so breathtaking, it could send any solo pilot with an open cockpit into a tailspin. The clip, uploaded to YouTube by a user named Srachi, is just one minute, 26 seconds long, but is clear and sharp. And best of all, there's no cheesy soundtrack to go along with it (did anyone else expect "Fly Like An Eagle" to start playing?), just the wind and the ruffle of feathers.

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The bird looks undisturbed by the camera mounted to its back. It's unclear if the man in a white shirt at 22 seconds into the video is the bird's owner or just a curious hiker. But as Pete Thomas Outdoors notes, the bird is presumably a trained raptor, so it's safe to say the guy in the video is probably involved.

According to The International Business Times, the eagle in the video sports a GoPro camera. GoPro are high-definition cameras whose durable and lightweight build make them popular with extreme sports enthusiasts. They're also easy to mount onto a helmet or facemask, or even the wing of a plane. Users have filmed themselves skydiving, surfing, hiking and diving. The company that makes them is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif.

The GoPro weighs just a few ounces, so it's probably not going to hurt a large predatory bird like the eagle, some of which are capable of dragging a goat off the side of a cliff (thanks, The Week, for pointing out that fact).

Here's the video of the eagle flying around Rhone-Alpes in France:

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