Bored with drone videos already? How about one shot from the back of an eagle instead?
By now, every tourist board and travel influencer in the world has flooded our social media feeds with awesome drone videos, but it’s getting to the point where they are losing their lustre. The Vienna Tourist Board wanted to do something a bit different so they teamed up with production company Red Bull Media House to get some unique aerial views of the Austrian capital using camera-equipped eagles.
Fritzi, Bruno, Darshan and Victor took off from the top of the Danube Tower and a hot air balloon launched from the grounds of Palais Schwarzenberg. Each bird was outfitted with 360° cameras and 16:9 format cameras on their backs. The eagles circled above the city capturing bird’s-eye views in stunning 4k resolution as you can see in the video below:
Needless to say all the necessary animal welfare clearances were obtained before starting the project and none of the eagles – wearing lightweight cameras – came to any harm during filming. There’s an interesting behind-the-scenes video that shows how it was all done: