ParaHawking in Nepal: What It’s Really Like to Fly with Birds

We’ve always had the desire to leave our earth-bound bod­ies and take flight with the birds. We achieved the mir­a­cle of flight over a cen­tu­ry ago. But only recent­ly did we cre­ate a robot that can mechan­i­cal­ly repro­duce the beau­ty of birds in flight. And now we’ve tak­en the next step, actu­al­ly join­ing birds high in the air. Above you can watch Para­Hawk­ing in action, a fusion between fal­con­ry and paraglid­ing that lets you inter­act with birds of prey in their own envi­ron­ment. It all takes place in Nepal. And it’s all part of an effort to con­serve Asi­a’s threat­ened vul­ture pop­u­la­tion. Learn more about these con­ser­va­tion efforts and Para­Hawk­ing itself at, of course,

And if you want to see what hap­pens when a paraglid­er (not affil­i­at­ed with this project) acci­den­tal­ly runs into an eagle, watch below:

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  • Jim says:

    I real­ly hope this does­n’t lead to the kinds of unnat­ur­al behav­ior mod­i­fi­ca­tion that result from the wide­ly dis­cour­aged whale and dol­phin swim-with pro­grams!

  • Michelle says:

    That is the coolest thing EVER! Watch­ing it made me feel exhil­a­rat­ed, for one thing, which is pret­ty astound­ing in and of itself. The inter­ac­tion between the hawk and the humans, too… I dun­no there was some­thing there that lift­ed my spir­it.

    I’m glad to have seen this, glad it was filmed, glad to share.

  • Dimitri says:

    Fly­ing with birds isn’t always cool — )

  • Pike says:

    It’s fan­tas­tic, I’m sure — but I do hope that not too many peo­ple take their wings and fly. it prob­a­bly scares and con­fus­es the ani­mals and peo­ple come in flocks i*m sure it will cause dis­tress and can lead to seri­ous destruc­tion.

  • Heywood Broun says:

    Pike, Jim and Dmitri are no doubt left­ists

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