Who’s ‘Zoomin’ Who?

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James Audubon spent much of his life bird-watching. Recently, an original copy of his book Birds of America,which contains 435 of his own paintings of these aviary creatures, sold for 8.8 million at Christie's Auction. Bird-watching or Birding is a serious sport which requires spotting scopes, binoculars and cameras. But soaring over Victoria Falls in between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Africa Fish Eagle has turned the lenses on the "birder." A tiny video camera has somehow been attached to the back of an African Fish Eagle so that images of his/her flight are literally captured from a "birds-eye view." The footage of this grand bird careening in and out of the mist of the Falls seeking a fish dinner is more thrilling than the "Fast and Furious" movies. I wonder what Audubon would think if he saw that he was being filmed by the bird. Maybe he would paint himself apoplectic.

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