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2014-01-21 08:05:46 PM
I bet he got the idea from the first guy who posted the video a couple of years ago.
 
2014-01-21 08:15:05 PM
I went to Youtube to try to find the original footage, but haven't had any luck. I did find this video, though, so I really can't complain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTJYc8O1ocM&feature=youtu.be
 
2014-01-21 08:43:22 PM
cdn3.sbnation.com
 
2014-01-21 08:57:52 PM
Did you spray your shorts while watching this snuff film, subby?
 
2014-01-21 09:09:01 PM

SurelyShirley: Did you spray your shorts while watching this snuff film, subby?


Nature videos are snuff films? I guess someone should lock that murderous predator up for all the mass murder it has committed. Time to prosecute it in the Hague.
 
2014-01-21 09:25:33 PM

JesterJoker55: I bet he got the idea from the first guy who posted the video a couple of years ago.


They said the video was from 2011
 
2014-01-21 10:20:32 PM

Iggie: I went to Youtube to try to find the original footage, but haven't had any luck.


The ITN vid is excerpted from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ5oaNdJKx8
Amazing footage of how falcons catch their prey by The Company of Biologists - 2,335,615 views
Published on Jan 16, 2014
Amazing footage of falcons hunting crows by Eddy De Mol.
Suzanne Amador Kane (Haverford College), working with falconers across the globe, has discovered that falcons pursue prey by keeping the image of the prey in the same place on their retina during the pursuit as they close in.
This movie shows ground breaking footage capture by movie cameras mounted on hunting falcons filmed by Eddy De Mol and his colleagues Valerie Collet and Francois Lorrain.
The original research, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology can be access at http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/2/225.abstract


JEB: Falcons pursue prey using visual motion cues: new perspectives from animal-borne cameras
Abstract
This study reports on experiments on falcons wearing miniature videocameras mounted on their backs or heads while pursuing flying prey. Videos of hunts by a gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), gyrfalcon (F. rusticolus)/Saker falcon (F. cherrug) hybrids and peregrine falcons (F. peregrinus) were analyzed to determine apparent prey positions on their visual fields during pursuits. These video data were then interpreted using computer simulations of pursuit steering laws observed in insects and mammals. A comparison of the empirical and modeling data indicates that falcons use cues due to the apparent motion of prey on the falcon's visual field to track and capture flying prey via a form of motion camouflage. The falcons also were found to maintain their prey's image at visual angles consistent with using their shallow fovea. These results should prove relevant for understanding the co-evolution of pursuit and evasion, as well as the development of computer models of predation and the integration of sensory and locomotion systems in biomimetic robots.
 
2014-01-21 10:50:25 PM

HairBolus: Iggie: I went to Youtube to try to find the original footage, but haven't had any luck.

The ITN vid is excerpted from:


Thanks for the links!
 
2014-01-21 11:13:29 PM
 
2014-01-21 11:18:49 PM

HairBolus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ5oaNdJKx8
Amazing footage of how falcons catch their prey by The Company of Biologists - 2,335,615 views


The last minute of this video (which they cut up a bit in subby's link), which appears to be a single continuous pursuit, is more edge-of-your-seat than any aerial chase scene Hollywood has produced possibly ever. I can't help but feel a bit sorry for the crow, but this is awesome stuff. Falcons and other raptors are such amazing creatures. :)
 
2014-01-21 11:26:37 PM
Best part of the video and the longer one posted upthread? They're perfectly fine without that stereotypically stupid xtreme crunchy guitar music playing in the background.

/a video pet peeve of mine, second only to those hooting morons in almost every tornado chasing video ever.
 
2014-01-22 12:05:02 AM
No, idiot ITN  video butchers, they are NOT using GoPro cameras.

from the paper: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/2/225.full#sec-7
We used commercially available miniature (mass 14 g) model 808 camcorders (Toplanter, Huizhou, China).

This type: http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/808-car-keys-micro-camera.html

i01.i.aliimg.com

To get watchable videos you need to mount the camera on the bird's head, because birds keep their head stable when their body moves.

www.voiceable.org

Here is one video from Eddy De Mol who provided vids to the researchers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2YLeQkPr0s
falco peregrinus hunting corvus crow

He mounted his 808 on the falcon's back which means its view jerks around with each flap of the wings.

(That's a rather creepy vid because after the falcon has downed a crow there is a long segment of it being mobbed by the rest of the murder)
 
2014-01-22 12:18:00 AM
Countermeasures! Deploy countermeasures!

Stupid crow.

/neat stuff
 
2014-01-22 12:32:40 AM

HairBolus: No, idiot ITN video butchers, they are NOT using GoPro cameras.


Maybe GoPro is now the "AK-47" or "Glock" of mountable action cameras. ;)
 
2014-01-22 01:44:33 AM

HairBolus: No, idiot ITN  video butchers, they are NOT using GoPro cameras.

from the paper: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/2/225.full#sec-7
We used commercially available miniature (mass 14 g) model 808 camcorders (Toplanter, Huizhou, China).

This type: http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/808-car-keys-micro-camera.html

[i01.i.aliimg.com image 140x140]

To get watchable videos you need to mount the camera on the bird's head, because birds keep their head stable when their body moves.

[www.voiceable.org image 278x297]

Here is one video from Eddy De Mol who provided vids to the researchers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2YLeQkPr0s
falco peregrinus hunting corvus crow

He mounted his 808 on the falcon's back which means its view jerks around with each flap of the wings.

(That's a rather creepy vid because after the falcon has downed a crow there is a long segment of it being mobbed by the rest of the murder)


I guess that's why the call them a MURDER of crows.

So... did they actually kill or injure that falcon at the end of the video? It was hard to tell. I don't think they killed it.
 
2014-01-22 05:32:32 AM
 
2014-01-22 09:50:21 AM

danielscissorhands: HairBolus: No, idiot ITN  video butchers, they are NOT using GoPro cameras.

from the paper: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/2/225.full#sec-7
We used commercially available miniature (mass 14 g) model 808 camcorders (Toplanter, Huizhou, China).

This type: http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/808-car-keys-micro-camera.html

[i01.i.aliimg.com image 140x140]

To get watchable videos you need to mount the camera on the bird's head, because birds keep their head stable when their body moves.

[www.voiceable.org image 278x297]

Here is one video from Eddy De Mol who provided vids to the researchers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2YLeQkPr0s
falco peregrinus hunting corvus crow

He mounted his 808 on the falcon's back which means its view jerks around with each flap of the wings.

(That's a rather creepy vid because after the falcon has downed a crow there is a long segment of it being mobbed by the rest of the murder)

I guess that's why the call them a MURDER of crows.

So... did they actually kill or injure that falcon at the end of the video? It was hard to tell. I don't think they killed it.


What do you call two crows on a branch?


attempted murder
 
2014-01-22 10:00:14 AM
Falcon with a camera:

www.nobeliefs.com
 
2014-01-22 01:03:53 PM
thisisyourbrainonFark:
What do you call two crows on a branch?


attempted murder


Alright.  I chuckled.

Cool video.
 
2014-01-22 02:00:57 PM

mamoru: HairBolus: No, idiot ITN video butchers, they are NOT using GoPro cameras.

Maybe GoPro is now the "AK-47" or "Glock" of mountable action cameras. ;)


Don't be silly. They aren't black.
 
2014-01-22 05:20:46 PM

SurelyShirley: Did you spray your shorts while watching this snuff film, subby?


It's Natures Way
 
2014-01-22 08:36:11 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: What do you call two crows on a branch?

attempted murder


Your Hind Brain: Falcon with a camera:

[www.nobeliefs.com image 394x244]


You've both impressed me.
 
2014-01-23 12:01:58 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: What do you call two crows on a branch?


attempted murder


Two falcons are sitting on a perch. One says to the other, "Do you smell something fishy?"
 
2014-01-23 12:18:33 AM

John Buck 41: thisisyourbrainonFark: What do you call two crows on a branch?

attempted murder

Your Hind Brain: Falcon with a camera:

[www.nobeliefs.com image 394x244]

You've both impressed me.


Thanks, the latter was better.

As for this:

HairBolus:

[www.voiceable.org image 278x297]

i.huffpost.com
 
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