There is a huge amount of video showing falcons in flight. But recently, National Geographic collaborated with a company that trains falcons to go a step further. To reveal the bird’s point of view, a tiny camera was attached to the back of a falcon. The bird then went about its job of scaring away other birds that were damaging blue berries and other crops.
Similar footage can be seen from an article in the Daily Record here.
Predictably, viewers have debated the ethics relating to all aspects of this project, including whether or not falcons should be domesticated in the first place. On YouTube, where moderation is limited, much of the discussion sank into ad hominem attacks. But the issues are real. Since the earliest days of moviemaking animals have been used—and sometimes abused. We welcome your thoughts on the ethics of fitting animals with cameras. Please post in the comments section below. While personal attacks will not be permitted, we look forward to learning from your ideas and opinions.