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