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Flying with the birds

Flying alongside common cranes over Venice

© by John Downer Productions / YouTube

Source | John Downer Productions / YouTube | 05 February 2024 1 minute
Today, birds are often not very popular among people living in dense urban regions as their excrements often cause severe problems to historic monuments and rural areas. Watching them fly in the blue skies in southern Europe, however, is more than fascinating. The area around Venice was once marshland that was populated by migrating cranes who could rest and feed there, so they were basically just passing through. These common cranes seen here were imprinted to fly alongside a microlight necessary for capturing these magnificent images. As explained in one episode of the series, some of the birds were imprinted on a human and filmed from an ultralight plane while others were filmed with a helicopter drone. Some other footage resulted from tiny cameras that were strapped to the backs of birds. Earthflight shows a flight from the view of the wings of birds across six continents and uses different filming techniques to share the experience of flying with birds. For more please check out