As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 15 March 2015

Eagle makes history as it flies from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower

An eagle has made history, becoming the first bird to fly from the planet’s tallest building.

Darshan, an imperial eagle, flew from the top of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai with a tiny camera attached to its back, in what was the highest recorded bird flight in the world.

Freedom Conservation, an organisation that campaigns to raise awareness of threatened species, organised the epic feat.

Jacques-Olivier Travers, a falconer at Freedom Conservation, said: “This was an incredible challenge and the most difficult of my career.

"Not only is this the highest vertical flight that has ever been done, but the eagle also had to fly in a totally different environment, with strong wind disturbances caused by the skyscrapers.”

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