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.”
The falconer has pioneered new techniques to increase the reintroduction rate of threatened eagles to the wild, which include paragliding, skiing and kayaking to teach vital survival skills.
He has since been dubbed the “man who teaches eagles to fly”.
The imperial eagle was once on the red list of endangered species, but has now been saved from extinction.Reuse content