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African Fish Eagle Hunting in 360°

 

The African Fish Eagle: one of Africa’s most symbolic creatures.

We filmed this particular bird at Falcon Ridge, in the Champagne Valley of the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa. We thought this was the perfect filming opportunity because we could use the short clip to educate newcomers to virtual reality about the basic functionality of 360 degree video tracking. We gamify the experience by challenging people to first spot the eagle in the clouds, then follow it as it swoops down for a chicken neck lure thrown on the water, and then over the “viewer’s” right shoulder.

Challenges of the shoot

Deep VR co-founder, Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, who filmed the show, said “One of the biggest challenges of the shoot was not getting attacked. Because many of these animals have grown up in captivity, they think they are human beings but retain their territorial instincts. So a crowd of people watching them fly around is seen as a territorial threat!”

One of the biggest challenges of the shoot was not getting attacked.

Our gratitude to Falcon Ridge for allowing us to film this impressive natural hunting phenomenon which could have taken months if captured in the true wild.