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article imageVideo: Bird's eye view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris

By Anne Sewell     Sep 30, 2014 in Environment
Paris - Taking a bird's eye view to a whole new technical level, a white-tailed eagle named Victor recently flew over the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, filming from a unique perspective with a video camera strapped to his back.
While visitors have been taking videos and photographic views from the Eiffel Tower for many years, this is the first time that a literal bird's eye view video has been taken of both the Eiffel Tower and its surroundings in Paris.
The bird's handler strapped a video camera to the back of a white-tailed eagle named Victor, and then took him up to the third level of the iconic tower and released him. With a crowd of hundreds of onlookers, Victor swooped over the Eiffel Tower and the city, capturing a unique eagle-eye aerial view.
The event wasn't just done for fun, as it was organized by a group called Freedom in order to highlight how important it is to protect endangered birds, like the white-tailed eagle, which have been gradually disappearing from across Europe in the last 200 or so years.
The video above, in French, was published by the local newspaper Le Parisien.
This is not the first time a video of this nature has been created in France. Last year a camera was strapped to the back of a similar eagle which swooped over the icy valley and snow-capped mountains of the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier close to Chamonix up in the French Alps.
Posted by Freedom on September 16, 2013, the video has received almost nine million views and is included below. Anyone interested in seeing more can visit the Freedom YouTube video channel.
French sources:
Le Parisien
The Local
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