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Eagle's flight from top of tallest building caught on camera

Darshan, an imperial eagle, was recorded flying from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper by charity Freedom Conservation.

By Ben Hooper

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 16 (UPI) -- An imperial eagle's record-breaking flight from the top of the world's tallest building in Dubai was recorded by a small video camera on its back.

Darshan the eagle, trained by falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers at a Thonon, France, breeding facility, took off Saturday from 2,722 feet up on the Burj Khalifa skycraper in Dubai and flew down to rendezvous with its trainer on the ground.

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The flight, which was recoded by charity Freedom Conservation, marked the highest bird fight from a man-made structure, organizers said.

"This eagle is a signal that things can change. It was once endangered, but after conservation programs it is not so endangered," Ronald Menzel, director of Freedom Conservation, told the BBC.

Travers said the feat required a lot of preparation.

"This was an incredible challenge and the most difficult of my career," he told The Independent. "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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