POV Video Shows What It's Like to Ride a Falcon

Rebecca OConnell

Thanks to a cleverly placed GoPro, we know what it's like to ride a cheetah, but what about a falcon? The birds of prey are obviously way too small to actually ride, but that doesn't mean we can't get a pretty good idea what the experience would be like. Professional falconer Vahé Alaverdian acquired some exciting POV footage with the help of a trained peregrine falcon named Genghis, who soars high and does some deep dives over farmland, all for our viewing pleasure.

To get the video, Alaverdian fitted the bird with a camera backpack, weighing about six percent of what Genghis does. A tennis ball lure was used to keep the bird's attention and manipulate where it went. With some skillful maneuvering, Alaverdian and his team were able to get plenty of footage, giving all of us a good idea of what it's like to ride a falcon (or simply fly, depending on your aviation dreams). While some of the video is shaky because of Genghis's flapping, there are also plenty of smooth soaring portions as well.

This isn't the first time someone thought to strap a camera onto a bird. Last year, a trained eagle soared around London with a camera, getting a good view of the English city in beautiful 4K resolution.

Primary image courtesy of National Geographic Video