Oh, how I love the BBC. Way back in January 2010, I posted two BBC video clips showing gorgeous flight footage of a Golden Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon, and a Goshawk. The Goshawk was filmed flying through crowded forest undergrowth, its natural habitat. It slipped through narrow openings and dodged branches like they weren’t even there.
Today’s video clip is newer, and was filmed in a lab — enabling perfect focus on the exact maneuvers that a Goshawk makes to get through several openings. First is a standard, large hole, which is no problem. Then the hole is constrained horizontally. Then it’s constrained vertically. And then — well, see for yourself. Simply amazing.