John Downer attached tiny, lightweight HD cameras onto different avian species to see what it’s really like to fly.
John Downer is an award-winning filmmaker who is highly regarded for his nature documentaries that capture the true essence of wildlife. His latest film, Winged Planet, used clever camera hacks to literally get a bird’s eye view.
Downer created small, incredibly lightweight cameras that were mounted directly to the birds themselves. The pan and tilt of the camera could be remotely operated. The outcome were high-quality videos that gave a new perspective to how birds function, interact, and fly.
Winged Planet took four years in the making and was first aired on Discovery Planet on 6 October, 2012. Watch the preview for the documentary below: