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:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-mCuFYfJdI?rel=0]

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

What happens to your books when you go to bed?

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

In a departure from the usual travel fare, I wanted to share this whimsical video animating what happens to a bookstore at night, if you use your imagination. For booklovers, camera lovers and those who enjoy a short film:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT8?rel=0]

Some background, from creator Sean Ohlenkamp:

After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. 

It definitely paid off! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Back to usually-scheduled programming on Friday.

-Jodi

What are you doing New Year’s eve?

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

After a great holiday week in England (affectionately known as Christmakwanzmakkah in my family), my brother and I are driving to Scotland tomorrow with friends … and about 80,000 other people. New Years, known as Hogmanay there, will be a few days of street parties, concerts and getting soaked in the forecasted pouring rain. 

I’ll let Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ask the question for me:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ?rel=0]

What are you Hipmunks doing for New Years? Hopefully staying slightly more dry than me!

-Jodi

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