25 September, 2018
NEWS COVERAGE: THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!
It all began with the idea of being different.
“We wanted to come up with a different way of showing what we’re doing here at Sugar House Island because we feel the development is so unusual. Most schemes use drones to film this sort of thing but we thought this would be a more interesting way to see the area from the skies – a genuine bird’s eye view.” Andrew Cobden, Vastint UK’s MD.
What followed was a visit by two professional “filmographer eagles” based in Scotland and often used by the BBC: a rare Black Chested Buzzard Eagle and a Steppe eagle.
Over three days they flew the site with cameras strapped to their backs to gives a unique bird’s eye view of just how close the City of London, Canary Wharf and Docklands are to Sugar House Island, and how spectacular the canals and waterways make the site.
Keeping the birds safe and happy on site was a priority. Building work was paused when the birds flew directly overhead. The birds spent several days acclimatising so that they were at ease flying in the urban landscape where so much of east London is now under construction. The eagles were fitted with telemetry devices to track their movements so there was no chance of them getting lost in London.
See the full film here.
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