The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.
The nine-year-old eagle Victor began his five-section journey from the Piz Corvatsch peak in Switzerland with a 360-degree camera and a GPS tracker on his back. The bird flew through Germany, Austria and Italy before finishing his tour of the mountains in France.
At the start of each section, the bird was launched from a peak by one of Travers’ colleagues. Victor, who flew slower than usual because of the burden of the camera, flew 3 to 5 kilometres each time, until he found Travers.
While travelling along the route, the falconer saw the melting of Alpine glaciers with his own eyes. One glacier in Germany, for instance, which was covered by thick snow last year, has turned into slush by now.
Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency
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