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

The Perfect Travel Photo Accessory

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Looking through photos from my recent travels, I’m most struck by the ones where the scene in question is set off against something that brings it to the foreground. There are so many great sights out in this world, that the added contrast to the sight itself – ruins, water or otherwise – makes it that much more memorable.

Take, for example, a recent trip to Rome. The ruins, beautiful in their own right, are made that much more special under a full moon:

and my favourite, the Colosseum:

Which leads me to the conclusion that the perfect travel photo accessory is a full moon.

What about you? Is there something you try to frame in many of your photos as you travel? 

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