Watching birds in flight is so fascinating – it seems effortless to them, but so many factors are at play while the animals glide gracefully through the air. In this video from Earth Unplugged, the flight of a peregrine falcon and a raven are compared in super slow motion. The goal? To figure out which type of bird is the more agile aerial acrobat.
The birds were filmed from a moving vehicle driving beside the birds as they fly. The incredible footage shows the power and grace behind the birds’ every movement. As they fly and glide and reach for the lure their trainer uses to entice them, it’s hard not to be impressed. Their seemingly effortless movements are reminiscent of ocean creatures gliding through their environment.