See London as never before - via a camera on an eagle's back!

At 442-feet high, the London Eye affords the best views of London—for humans. As this new aerial footage reveals though, eagles have it better.

London as seen via a Sony Actioncam on the back of Sydney, the bald eagle.

London as seen via a Sony Actioncam on the back of Sydney, the bald eagle. Image by Assassin’s Creed Syndicate screen grab

To promote Friday’s release of the video game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (which takes place in London), the developers harnessed a Sony Actioncam to a 29-year-old bald eagle named Sydney and had her fly around some of the United Kingdom capital’s most notable buildings.

Sydney circles London to give a bird's eye view of the British capital.

Sydney circles London to give a bird's eye view of the British capital. Image by Assassin’s Creed Syndicate via screen grab

Filming from 14 different locations, Sydney captured 50 hours of footage. Her paths focused on locations that appear in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the ITV Tower, Trafalgar Square, the Walkie Talkie (Sky Garden), Heron Tower (the Sushi Samba balcony), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and City Hall.

The Shard in the distance as Sydney captures London as never before.

The Shard in the distance as Sydney captures London as never before. Image by Assassin’s Creed Syndicate via screen grab

According to the video’s game’s website, Sydney’s perch on a turret in the Tower of London (at the 2:08 mark) was not planned, but the staff there gladly accommodated their guest (as opposed to, say, putting her on the block).

Sydney, who has a regular gig performing at Warwick Castle, was outfitted with a GPS and custom harness for the camera. The latter she wore for weeks in advance to ensure she could fly freely and was comfortable.

Watch the amazing video here.

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