Man and eagle soar over the French Alps
October 15, 2008 12:52 AM   Subscribe

L'homme et l'oiseau au Mont-Blanc. Falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers runs the Aigles du Léman park on Lake Geneva where he teaches eagles raised in captivity how to fly. Here he is paragliding down the Alps with his student Sherkan.
posted by homunculus (8 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
This is amazing.
posted by dominik at 1:48 AM on October 15, 2008

Puts my short walks in the yard with the dog more than a bit to shame.
posted by Abiezer at 6:37 AM on October 15, 2008

That is one of my new goals in life.
posted by nosila at 7:03 AM on October 15, 2008

These were beautiful -- thanks! I am wondering why the 14 year old eagle only started to learn to fly 18 months ago. I know it was raised in captivity, but it seems sad that it only now started to soar and fly.
posted by Librarygeek at 8:06 AM on October 15, 2008

This is excellent, thanks for posting.
posted by alexwoods at 8:57 AM on October 15, 2008

BBC video.
posted by homunculus at 9:17 AM on October 15, 2008

How cool wouldn't it be to be able to answer the question "what do you do for a living" with "I teach eagles to fly"!
posted by Harald74 at 12:44 PM on October 15, 2008

That video is absolutely beautiful - thanks!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:40 PM on October 15, 2008

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