Scientists are studying the predatory hunting technique of hawks in an effort to improve the technology behind flying robotics. Yes, this research does involve putting tiny little helmet cameras on the majestic birds of prey.
The footage offers insight into the bird’s hunting strategy, and how exactly the swift hunters capture their targets. The helmet camera gives researchers the literal birds-eye view of the prey, while cameras on the ground track the predator’s movements.
When the stationary tracking were combined with the in-motion footage from the hawk’s camera, scientists were able to track the bird’s movements relative to the prey.
This new information uncovered distinct hunting patterns and behavior of pursuit. The researchers believe these insights could help robotics engineers develop new optical programming for flying robots.