According to YouTube uploader Srachi, this breathtaking video was recorded above the Chamonix, Mer De Glace area in France. And while actual information about the goings-on behind-the-scenes of the shoot are scant, we can say that the footage was captured by strapping a GoPro camera (or similar gadget) to what must’ve been a trained bald eagle. I think it’s safe to say it was a trained bird since Srachi was able to get the camera back and upload the footage.
Thanks to this clever, but faked, eagle-themed video of a massive bird snatching a child that made the rounds last year (and the mystery surrounding the uploader of this video, Srachi), we unfortunately have to slip on our skeptical-viewer hats regarding this amazing clip, but I certainly hope it’s the real deal.
The small, handy GoPro camera has become a ubiquitous piece of hardware that allows both professional and amateur videographers alike give viewers first-person views of anything from animals to automobiles in stunning HD. Fans of the absurdly popular (and brilliant) Breaking Bad have seen episode directors utilize GoPro cameras in a number of ways from strapping them to rolling barrels, to sticking them into barbecue grills. Watch a great montage of some of those shots here.
Side Note: This video reminds me of the terrific quote from comedian Steven Wright (no relation!): “Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”