Watch a Peregrine falcon chase down this pro mountain biker
7:15AM Monday June 10, 2013
Peregrine falcons may be the fastest animal on the planet, capable of reaching speeds well over 200 mph, but in hunting pigeons and other slower flying birds, their dominance in the sky is rarely challenged. When pitted against one of the fastest men on two wheels in a race downhill, however, the extent of this falcon's aerial skills are put on full display.
The program BBC Earth recently teamed up with Red Bull to produce this mesmerizing video in which pro mountain biker Gee Atherton goes head to head with the speedy bird-of-prey. The cyclist, loaded with a bag of meat on his back, skillfully handles the jumps and hairpin turns on the mountain trail in Antur Stiniog, North Wales, but it still proves no match for the falcon's speed and mid-air acrobatics.
Thankfully, both bird and biker were equipped with cameras, which makes this downhill chase all the more epic.