Summer vacation ideas: Bologna, Italy

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

With summer vacation coming up, we thought we’d highlight some destinations that are more and more popular in summer months.  First up: Bologna, in Italy.  Here are some scenes from the lively, colourful city. Fortunately, I was there during a full moon – even better for night photos!

-Jodi

 

Summer vacation ideas: Florence, Italy

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

What’s not to love about Florence? Beautiful architecture, great food and and a fantastic jumping point for exploring the rest of the country. Here are some scenes from Florence to whet your appetite for summer travel.

-Jodi

 

 

Incredible footage: a peregrine falcon hunting in a murmuration of starlings

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Not too long ago, I posted about a murmuration of starlings in flight over Istanbul. The sight of it stopped me in my tracks nightly as clouds of birds circled their way around the city.  

Here’s another version of the remarkable phenomenon over Rome, with a peregrine falcon hunting for its dinner:

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A friend sent me this footage today, shot by John Downer Productions and BBC as part of their EarthFlight series. What blew me away was how close the camera got to these birds. According to the Earthflight website:

To create its bird’s-eye view of the world Earthflight uses a host of extraordinary filming techniques including filming “imprinted” flocks from microlites, wild flocks filmed from model gliders and silent drones, full-sized helicopter with stabilised mounts and cameras on the backs of trained birds. Slow-motion techniques also reveal extraordinary detail such as swallows plucking feathers from the air.

Looking forward to the rest of these videos in the series. Beautiful stuff.

-Jodi

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