Footage from GoPro Strapped to Eagle's Back is Unsurprisingly Amazing

Henry Baker

Everybody wants to "fly like an eagle," as the Steve Miller Band once put it, but the truth is it probably won't happen. Luckily, there is a new YouTube video out there that gets us pretty close to knowing what it might be like. Some people in the French Alps somehow figured out a way to strap a GoPro camera to an eagle, tape its flight, then gather the footage later. And, of course, the results are simply stunning. As the eagle coasts over mountain and valley, we get a good impression of the point of view a bird has. Feeling jealous? We are, too — it does look awesome.

Aside from how fun it would be to fly in general, this eagle certainly chose one of the most gorgeous places in the world to live. The valleys near Chamonix look like something out of "Lord of the Rings." Commenters are predictably in love with the video, writing wistful remembrances like, "Reminds me of the dreams that I could fly I had as a kid. Hopefully this makes them come back." It's hard to guide your dreams, but at least there's this video if you can't.

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