Eagle Flight Footage Raises Awareness For The Impact of Climate Change in The Alps

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The video comes courtesy of Victor, a white-tailed eagle - while the footage is undeniably stunning, it is intended to highlight how climate change has melted alpine glaciers. The video sees Victor gliding through the snowy mountain peaks before eventually swooping down and landing on the arm of an expectant falconer.

Jacques-Olivier Travers is the eagle's handler and also the founder of Freedom Conservation - described as 'a game-changing conservation movement that seeks to reintroduce endangered birds of prey through creative conservation methods'. Mr Travers hopes the video will inspire people to help protect birds and their environment.

According to the Washington Post, he said: "Humanity has two dreams: to swim with dolphins and fly with eagles. How can you convince people to protect the birds and their environment if you never show them what the birds see? "I was stunned, the difference over a year was incredible."

The video is just one of many Victor is shooting across Marmolada glacier in Italy, Zugspitze glacier in Germany, Corvatsch glacier in Switzerland, Dachstein glacier in Austria and Aiguille du Midi glacier in France. However, it is never guaranteed that Victor will return with the footage: "I don't have a remote control. So if he doesn't see me and decides not to come to me, he could go anywhere," Mr Travers continued.

Freedom Conservation managing director, Ronald Menzel, said he hoped the video will offer people a different perspective - in more ways than one. He told the Washington Post: "We hope that once more, people are going to see nature from a totally different perspective and just reconnect to it and realize that wow, it's actually something that is amazing and that we want to do something to preserve."

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