January 21, 2014
POV Video: Falcon-Eye-View of Peregrine Taking Down Crows
By Ben Romans
While this video feels like an aerial dogfight filmed from from the cockpit of a WWII fighter plane, it’s actually a first-bird account of a peregrine falcon taking down crows.
According to the New Scientist, researchers from Haverford College fixed small cameras to falcons to observe how they attacked prey. While the researchers originally thought falcons followed a spiraling route to gain speed and attack at a 45-degree angle, they learned the birds actually predict their quarry’s flight path and aim directly toward a point of interception.