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I flew with birds. You can too.

  • Publicado em 15 Mai 2022
  • In southern France, there's a man called Christian who flies a microlight aircraft, alongside flocks of birds. And he takes passengers. ■ More about Fly With Birds: www.flywithbirds.com/
    Camera: Simon Gillouin
    Editor: Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
    Producer: Axel Zeiliger block8production.com
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Comentários • 1 541

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  4 meses atrás +12065

    I realise that "you can too" is ignoring things like health and wealth, and I did worry about that; as ever, the need to make the title clickable, but short and honest, is a bit of a battle. And also, to be clear, this isn't an advert: I paid for my flight and my camera operator's flight!

    • xyz123
      xyz123 7 dias atrás

      Don't worry, when listening to good luck music is effective, our health, wealth, we all achieve, and everything we do is much easier.

    • Josh Young
      Josh Young 10 dias atrás

      Oh no, I'm dirt poor but I am _definitely_ going to make one of these, don't you worry about that

    • Velocity Productions
      Velocity Productions 18 dias atrás

      @Kat21 yo kat

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    • K. A. U.
      K. A. U. Mês atrás

      I tool "you can too" as a conversational "it's a service that is publically available"

  • Charles jones
    Charles jones 4 meses atrás +6685

    The passion that Frenchman has for his birds is admirable. His dedication is amazing

  • Ephemeralis
    Ephemeralis 4 meses atrás +2454

    How in the world do you manage to make such consistently compelling videos with massively different themes and experiences each time? It's insane.

    • ardigoel
      ardigoel 18 dias atrás +1

      The red t-shirt....
      That thing will give Tom Scott superpower....

    • Tom Tradying
      Tom Tradying Mês atrás

      @Leo rich as hell huh. Well then maybe with my ambition and your resources we can accomplish anything

    • Leo
      Leo 4 meses atrás +2

      @Maleah Lock I'm rich as hell and I could never have the ambition, energy, time, or creativity to do what Tom does. It's a lot more than just money.

    • Maleah Lock
      Maleah Lock 4 meses atrás +1


    • Huntracony
      Huntracony 4 meses atrás +10

      Money, employees, passion, and experience.

  • kozuki zaki
    kozuki zaki 4 meses atrás +3270

    As someone who took 4 years of U.S. Highschool French, but is still getting familiar with the language, his French was so easy to follow and understand, super articulate. Very awesome video also!

    • Dinos
      Dinos Mês atrás

      Once one learns the intricacies of the French accent, he will soon find out that most of the French speak quite clearly, especially when they are down to explain something or speak about their life. Sure, there is always the "argot" (i.e. the slang), which makes it difficult to the uninitiated but that is used usually by the young and for a short period of time really. One has to really to go to some isolated provincial region to find French speaking with a difficult to understand accent. The same does not hold true for Britain where every kilometers apart you have a different weather and a different accent.

    • megs
      megs 4 meses atrás


    • viperz888
      viperz888 4 meses atrás +1

      Actually, some of the transition isn’t correct

    • kozuki zaki
      kozuki zaki 4 meses atrás +4

      @רויט סאשא I'm so confused how native speakers are saying it wasn't clear. Sure I can't speak to how accurate it is, but I can say if it's easy to understand 😂

    • רויט סאשא
      רויט סאשא 4 meses atrás +7

      I studied French to GCSE in the UK and even though I wasn't very good, I agree, it was very easy and clear to follow along

  • Grinsekotze
    Grinsekotze 4 meses atrás +469

    I really like it when interviews are done in the interviewee's native language. Please keep doing that, Tom

    • Randomturtle001
      Randomturtle001 3 meses atrás +1

      I like this too, it gives the person being questioned an opportunity to give a more detailed, natural flowing answer.

    • jameswalker199
      jameswalker199 4 meses atrás +2

      I'm not a fan, personally. I struggle to read the subtitles fast enough before they change, on top of that I take longer to read words with similar shaped letters, so I have to keep winding back or pausing to read the text.
      I like to hear the sound of other languages, but dyslexia is still a bugger

    • Splash Africa
      Splash Africa 4 meses atrás

      I didn't know this was a thing

    • mnkeymasta
      mnkeymasta 4 meses atrás +19

      *angrily shakes fist at Nintendo dubbing English over Japanese game dev interviews*

  • Fred U.
    Fred U. 4 meses atrás +654

    As a former hang glider pilot, ultralight pilot, microlight pilot and paraglider pilot, this video really strikes home. I've never had the luck to fly with a bird, but perhaps as close as one can get to fly like a bird, especially the unpowered versions. This video brings tears to my eyes.

    • Sebastián Vélez
      Sebastián Vélez 4 meses atrás +2

      Where did you fly? I fly paraglider mostly in south America and no flight goes by when I don't share thermals with vultures hawks and the occasional 🦅

    • Hauke Walden
      Hauke Walden 4 meses atrás +3

      Go to Algodonales in Andalusia. Flying with vultures is guaranteed there! :)

    • Flyingby
      Flyingby 4 meses atrás +2

      Do you still fly? I haven’t even completed my glider license yet and have already flown together with birds in thermals. I’m sure you might still experience it at some point!

  • Chadivich
    Chadivich 4 meses atrás +457

    Came for microlight flying, stayed for conservation and animal husbandry. What a nice surprise!

  • jennivamp5
    jennivamp5 4 meses atrás +205

    I remember watching a film about a family who raised geese and taught them to fly using a glider when I was young. I think it was called fly away home. I wonder if this guy was part of the inspiration.

    • Sloanketterman32
      Sloanketterman32 2 meses atrás

      Adapted from the true story of William Lishman and Joseph Duff, William's book 'Father Goose' was published in 1995 and is a fantastic read.

    • key_v
      key_v 4 meses atrás

      @Freecell82 me too!

    • Freecell82
      Freecell82 4 meses atrás +1

      God yes I was so young when I saw that. I badly need to rewatch it. I can still remember that song that plays in the end.

    • Luke Orlando
      Luke Orlando 4 meses atrás +1

      I watched Fly Away Home with my daughter only just last weekend. It is on Netflix

    • possessedllama
      possessedllama 4 meses atrás +6

      I had the same thought, but the film predates this guy's flying by 3 years.

  • Owlman145
    Owlman145 4 meses atrás +180

    Started listening to this while doing something else, didn't even realize it was in two languages until I looked and saw subtitles (fluent in both). Funny how the mind works sometimes.

    • Leandrometfan
      Leandrometfan 4 meses atrás

      I know right!!

    • Soken50
      Soken50 4 meses atrás +9

      @Brick Strange, I can translate from French to English and vice-versa for myself almost seamlessly but as soon as I try to speak either of them I forget words in both despite one of them being the one I was born in (it's French, nobody's perfect ;) )

    • Brick
      Brick 4 meses atrás +17

      I've had similar experiences. I speak English and Polish... But I can't translate! People think because I speak both it's easy, but my brain is like a HD with two operating systems! One or the other, but not both.

  • gordonrunsurbathon
    gordonrunsurbathon 4 meses atrás +1405

    Tom, thank you for keeping the original French with subtitles rather than dubbing - I find it preferable to listen or read to the original language!

    • Real Talk
      Real Talk 3 meses atrás +1

      Hardly anyone on BRclip DUBS audio.... Getting subs is difficult enough.

    • Kri
      Kri 3 meses atrás

      I'm guessing that it's probably cheaper too

    • Palider
      Palider 3 meses atrás +1

      @redorange Exactly what I was going to say.

    • Phil Denfer
      Phil Denfer 3 meses atrás

      I'm French and I don't understand how you can stand our horrible accent on videos where we speak in English. It's good that sometimes when people just doesn't speak English at all, you're ok with them speaking French, adding subtitles.

    • Sharcy
      Sharcy 4 meses atrás

      There’s people who would call it “risky” or “foolish” to release a video almost entirely in subtitles to an english-speaking audience. We have strange stigmas in our societies

  • Joseph Oliveira
    Joseph Oliveira 4 meses atrás +228

    This video brought back strong memories of a movie from my childhood, "Fly Away Home", which was inspired by the life of Bill Lishman, a Canadian sculptor who did something similar.

    • Judith Remkes
      Judith Remkes 3 meses atrás +5

      This whole video through, I was thinking "Oh what's the title of that movie?!" So, thank You!

    • Invasion of the Dawgs
      Invasion of the Dawgs 4 meses atrás +2

      Someone had to say it

    • key_v
      key_v 4 meses atrás +2

      The song jumped into my head when I saw this video

    • Jeremy Christopher
      Jeremy Christopher 4 meses atrás +5

      Yes I remember this!!!

    • DuskPunkZebra
      DuskPunkZebra 4 meses atrás +7

      I thought exactly that!

  • sgtjawa
    sgtjawa 4 meses atrás +134

    I remember hearing about this guy decades ago-- I'm really glad he's still around and still doing this!

  • Emm Mercury
    Emm Mercury 4 meses atrás +147

    Watching Tom reach out to gently pet the birds brings me so much joy (:

  • plebcrabslayer
    plebcrabslayer 4 meses atrás +137

    3:00 One takes for granted that flying is "just what birds do." Watching them in flight up close, from an as-literal-as-possible bird's-eye view, renews one's appreciation of both the mechanics of flight, and of the long and meticulous path that evolution has taken and continues to take. Thanks, Tom! :D

  • Neeha
    Neeha 4 meses atrás +77

    That moment when those birds were redirected from a pilot to another was amaazing - it shows an amazing feat of trust and intimacy of the birds with the pilots.
    It's just amazing how they could do that automatically, without much 'orders' and with an animal not usually being a pet!

  • Lars Bahner
    Lars Bahner 4 meses atrás +38

    Actually, the relationship with birds in the air goes even deeper than that this very special, very close relationship with the birds in this video. I am a paraglider pilot and when we fly in thermals with birds, we follow the same traffic rules. We see the birds - usually birds of prey, but also sea gulls and the like - as pilots, and they see us a pilots. Sometimes you can come up a litttle to close to a wild bird and they will let you know that you are too close. Or they will just fly away.
    But birds don't normally see us a threat in the air. If you can fly, then you are a bird. I don't believe most birds like to be touched the way you do, though. That's probably just because these particular geese are somewhat domesticated.

  • Unisex Bathroom
    Unisex Bathroom 4 meses atrás +17

    i fully support this frenchman taking tourists out with these birds to fund his conservation efforts. what a hero

  • Medium D Speaks
    Medium D Speaks 4 meses atrás +144

    I love when you cover people who speaks languages I've tried learning, as I can choose not to look at the subtitles mostly but as I am learning a fully new topic, I end up learning new words like "gosling" and "micro light aircraft" . Hope to see more from France, Italy, Czechia or one day China or Japan

    • _Zdex007
      _Zdex007 4 meses atrás +2

      @Ancalìmon Loweene Motorized ultra light if you want to go shorter.

    • Ancalìmon Loweene
      Ancalìmon Loweene 4 meses atrás +2

      ULM stands for Ultra Léger Motorisé ! Rough translation would be "ultra light with an engine"

    • Ancalìmon Loweene
      Ancalìmon Loweene 4 meses atrás +8

      @minirop the ultra refers to the weight! it's ultra light !

    • minirop
      minirop 4 meses atrás +8

      it's funny how in English is "micro" but in French it's "ultra". x)

  • Oz Grinfeld-Faru
    Oz Grinfeld-Faru 4 meses atrás +4277

    Wow. As a glider pilot I'm used to flying with birds from time to time, but, wow. This is just a whole other level of intimacy with these amazing animals. Amazing.

    • Hicknopunk
      Hicknopunk 4 meses atrás

      Birds generally consider things above them as threats. Flying with them is totally plausible. Other than your noise, they would have literally nothing to fear.

    • cornishcactus
      cornishcactus 4 meses atrás +2

      We fly with birds all the time with toy gliders on cliffs, but OMFG does it wind up the twitcher's and do-gooders with our evilness. We've recently been kicked off one of the UK's best slope sites.
      It's a huge 3d area, it's not like the birds can't easily avoid us if they wanted too. All they see is a odd shaped bird that's a bit rubbish at flying.

    • Sam
      Sam 4 meses atrás +1

      On my second ever flight in a glider I was in a thermal with two birds who were fighting in the air. Amazing expeirence!

    • namibj
      namibj 4 meses atrás +1

      @Gabriel Straus Low differential velocity makes contact fairly harmless. Think bumping into someone's shoulder while walking alongside them.

    • Random guy in an glider
      Random guy in an glider 4 meses atrás +5

      hey im an flight Student here ! its awesome to share an thermal with an falcon. they are even smart enough to realice where an sailplane circels there is an thermal

  • Pilotwisco
    Pilotwisco 4 meses atrás +52

    As a kid and obsessed with all things aviation, I loved the movie “Fly Away Home”. This guy is the real deal of that movie.

    • SectionNyne
      SectionNyne 4 meses atrás +7

      The real deal of the movie "Fly Away Home" is actually a Canadian named Bill Lishman who did something similar with geese back in the mid 80s. The Jeff Daniels, father character in the movie is based on Bill himself.

  • Miroslav Milan
    Miroslav Milan 4 meses atrás +23

    This was seriously mind-blowing. I expected some goof chasing birds around. This was an entirely different level of experience that I had no idea was even possible. I had a huge smile on my face throughout the whole video and I wasn’t even flying.

  • a void
    a void 4 meses atrás +124

    Tom Scott is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

    • jameswalker199
      jameswalker199 4 meses atrás

      The problem is that I hate the coffee flavoured ones

    • Emelie
      Emelie 4 meses atrás

      @Nethiuz If I bought a box of chocolates, I would never expect that! So it works ;)

    • Danny Ramírez
      Danny Ramírez 4 meses atrás

      One would expect nothing but chocolate coming out of that box 👀

    • Nethiuz
      Nethiuz 4 meses atrás

      What if it's a box of one type?

    • Paul Haynes
      Paul Haynes 4 meses atrás +2

      @James Mason now that's philosophy!

  • Gerard Dip
    Gerard Dip 4 meses atrás +24

    This is literally one of the coolest things you’ve covered, Tom.

  • BL
    BL 4 meses atrás +1418

    Being able to pet the birds mid flight must've been a magical feeling..

    • RaymondHng
      RaymondHng 4 meses atrás +1

      @Mark Wright Seagulls are the B-52s.

    • Mark Wright
      Mark Wright 4 meses atrás +4

      @cornishcactus Seagulls are a different breed, literally. :) They're the bombers of the bird world. They have to have multiple hatches for dropping loads on their victims, many anai for their many different attacks :)

    • cornishcactus
      cornishcactus 4 meses atrás +8

      @fenrar36 try seagulls, one of the barstewards must have exploded all over a fair few cars in the carpark today.
      I've also seen one aim a perfect mid air gut drop to land on an ice cream then pull a stall turn to grab it before it even hit the floor.

    • LH
      LH 4 meses atrás +30

      I would be very tempted to gently grab it mid-flight, put it on my lap for some pats and give it a well-earned rest 😂

    • Chewy99
      Chewy99 4 meses atrás +21

      That looks so crazy like touching a fish swimming with you it’s like no difference it’s insane

  • Tigrou7777
    Tigrou7777 4 meses atrás +21

    As a French person, it's really a pleasure to listen to a Tom Scott video with some parts in my mother tongue.

  • Sly Mako
    Sly Mako 4 meses atrás +142

    Came here thinking it'd be a gimmick about flying with trained birds, absolutely did not expect someone literally trying to save a species by redirecting them along a safer route. Never thought I'd be in awe of a Frenchman, but here we are.

    • DFK
      DFK 4 meses atrás

      @Sly Mako Oh, well I guess it's on you then, I could be in awe of anything and anyone in the world !

    • Sly Mako
      Sly Mako 4 meses atrás

      @DFK because I'm English

    • DFK
      DFK 4 meses atrás

      why would you not be in awe of a Frenchman specificaly ?

    • Jacob Lee
      Jacob Lee 4 meses atrás +1

      They've done it with Whooping Cranes for years too

    • The Hobbler
      The Hobbler 4 meses atrás +11

      Lots of folk inspiring awe from all over the world :)

  • Hannah Moss
    Hannah Moss 4 meses atrás +26


    • Freecell82
      Freecell82 4 meses atrás +1

      It's the same damn plane even!

  • Dantali0n
    Dantali0n 4 meses atrás +107

    Its people like this that make me realise that humanity still has a change, simply heartwarming.

    • clray123
      clray123 4 meses atrás

      @SK19 But those statistical indicators can change in the other direction too, if our "leaders" intensify their efforts to destroy real economy and everyone's life in general while increasing "investments" in military technology (aka direct physical destruction of goods and services).

    • SK19
      SK19 4 meses atrás +1

      @clray123 Or if you look at statistical indicators, rather than listening to the news. We have always been trending in the right direction and will continue to.

    • clray123
      clray123 4 meses atrás +4

      If you ignore our dumb "leaders", politicians and all sorts of "experts", humanity is doing all right.

  • Suchiththa W
    Suchiththa W 4 meses atrás +10

    Tom, this was genuinely touching. I honestly wish I could go do something like this, to experience flight in this way and experience the joy of being with the birds. Thank you for highlighting this man's story and the possibilities in the world.

  • Ben Webb
    Ben Webb 4 meses atrás +17

    What a legend. If only more people had this level of respect and compassion for animals. Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

  • The Tim Traveller
    The Tim Traveller 4 meses atrás +3422

    This is in France?! *books tickets immediately*
    Incredible video Tom. What an experience, and what spectacular footage!
    p.s. congratulations on the 5m subscribers that you're about to hit as I type this

    • pendragnx
      pendragnx 4 meses atrás

      oh hey, it's Tim! Love your videos as well

    • MeloMemories
      MeloMemories 4 meses atrás

      We are all wanting and needing a collab from you two!

    • Rami Abdelal
      Rami Abdelal 4 meses atrás

      only 5? wtf youtube

    • DFK
      DFK 4 meses atrás +2

      Hey Tim, I worked at this place for two years (2019.2021). If you have any questions about it let me know ! :)

    • afterburner94
      afterburner94 4 meses atrás

      Tim en vol dans quelques mois? Allez on y croit!

  • Jazmi Hashim
    Jazmi Hashim 4 meses atrás +5

    Honestly im crying. To see such a passionate person spend his life preserving the birds generations

  • mekkio77
    mekkio77 4 meses atrás +1993

    Until now I never realized how little flapping is needed to keep a bird in the air. In human terms, it's like imagining that one would need to run in order to cover distances when in reality you can simply walk from point A to point B. That gets the job done. I thought this because from the ground we can only watch birds take off and in order to get to flight, that's where the big flaps come in. But the minute you are settled in the sky, you don't need to give off that much power. I guess this is why some birds can cover hundreds of miles in a day.

    • Garrus Vakarian
      Garrus Vakarian 2 meses atrás

      Like swimming, once you get going, you can stop moving your legs much and go for a long distance. Just maintain your speed, not race.

    • Dan t.
      Dan t. 3 meses atrás

      @607 I understand what you mean and I agree.

    • Ashok Revanna
      Ashok Revanna 4 meses atrás

      That's why they invented cruise control for automobiles.

    • ZebraGoBoom
      ZebraGoBoom 4 meses atrás

      @Commenter it's an irony of sorts, still

    • Timothy Cater
      Timothy Cater 4 meses atrás

      ​@James England I've wondered for a while if there is a link between the usual ranges birds fly and how much effort it takes for them to take off. it seems like the further they go the less graceful the takeoff.

  • KiyokaMakibi
    KiyokaMakibi 4 meses atrás +11

    To be able to touch a bird that’s in flight? Incredible! Those close ups of them in flight were amazing!

  • Patrick G
    Patrick G 4 meses atrás +6

    Merci Tom de ne pas avoir utilisé de doublage. J'aime mieux les voix originale avec sous titres qu'un doublage par dessus.

  • Danner Banks
    Danner Banks 4 meses atrás +3

    Just incredible. Tom, I like all your videos, but this is simply phenomenal. So cool!!

  • EJGilb
    EJGilb 4 meses atrás +12

    Fascinating as always Tom. Congrats on the imminent 5m subs! Cheers, and here's to many more years of you tubing, I hope.

  • Fenn7
    Fenn7 4 meses atrás +1

    This may be my favorite video you've done (and that's really saying something, since you make consistently interesting and awesome videos!) You looked so happy being able to fly the birds and and pet them mid-flight!

  • Alexander Roderick
    Alexander Roderick 4 meses atrás +10

    I have to imagine that you need a big (in relative terms) two-person aircraft like that because the passenger has to be replaced by fuel and supplies for the longer flights. I would wonder about the logistics of supplying en-route, because setting down for gas at even small airfields with a flock of birds in formation would be a recipe for bird strikes.

    • chaysefox
      chaysefox 4 meses atrás +2

      It could be reasonable that there's a chaser car on the ground carrying supplies to minimize weight on the plane and maximize fuel and flight time.

  • Robert K
    Robert K 4 meses atrás +4

    That is really cool, and it is amazing that a person can become a generational guardian for birds like this.

  • Vinterbjörk
    Vinterbjörk 4 meses atrás +6

    It started kind of weird with letting birds out on the runway, but turned into such an wholesome story!

  • Bryan Elder
    Bryan Elder 4 meses atrás +3

    This is VERY reminiscent of the film "Fly Away Home," a father-daughter pair work together to raise a flock of Canadian Geese in the same way this gentleman does here. Very awesome to have a real-life comparison to the film I spent time watching as a kid.

  • Siggy
    Siggy 4 meses atrás +1

    I have always loved watching birds in flight, I can't imagine how incredible this experience must have been!

  • Kas
    Kas 4 meses atrás +2

    Tom you bring us such unique and amazing things that happen in this glorious world of ours. So close to 5 million subscribers too. Well-deserved.

  • lily
    lily 4 meses atrás +1

    If I ever find myself in France, I'd love to experience this!!! I'm so intrigued by birds and I'm currently learning French so this is like a dream for me :)

  • RecumbentRocks2
    RecumbentRocks2 4 meses atrás +1

    Another amazing video Tom, you are getting to do and see things we would all love to try. Thanks for sharing these experiences. Touching a bird in flight has to be up there as a unique experience.

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 4 meses atrás

    Watching Tom reach out to gently pet the birds brings me so much joy (:

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 4 meses atrás

    Watching Tom reach out to gently pet the birds brings me so much joy (:

  • Zack Antony
    Zack Antony 4 meses atrás +4

    At so many points, it looks like something out of a Ghibli film. Aircraft and passionate dedicatipn and connecting to nature.

  • Shivani •
    Shivani • 4 meses atrás +351

    Tom Scott never disappoints

  • Pavel Medbery
    Pavel Medbery 4 meses atrás +2

    This is probably one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Thanks Tom.

  • fugithegreat
    fugithegreat 4 meses atrás +1

    Tom Scott is living the life! And that guy's passion to dedicate his life to helping these geese is very inspiring.

  • Firenter
    Firenter 4 meses atrás +1

    Sometimes people just stumble into their passions and incredible things happen, I love it!

  • Callum
    Callum 4 meses atrás +4

    Spectacular display! We're used to thinking of humanity as separate from nature, but this proves how close we really are to animals.

  • smol bean
    smol bean 4 meses atrás +193

    Tom brought the “I believe I can fly” philosophy to a whole other level

  • Kitebuggy
    Kitebuggy 4 meses atrás +2

    I guess we can say from your reaction, this was an experience you will never forget. Amazing.

  • Brian Carver
    Brian Carver 4 meses atrás

    Congratulations Tom, at the end I saw your experience and tears. I have been wanting to do this almost forever. One day I will. I run a duck rescue and these birds are very special. Of course I handle domestics and not wild ones.

  • Justin Long-Him Shum
    Justin Long-Him Shum 3 meses atrás +1

    "Like dogs, you have to walk them everyday."
    Good lord it's hard enough getting a neighbour to watch your dog for your vacation. I'm so glad we saw there was another pilot because this guy's life is dedicated enough as is.

  • PhysicalNova
    PhysicalNova 4 meses atrás +1

    Why, hello from France ! That was a very interesting documentary. It always baffled me how animals could adapt so easily to humans, even as to trust them to lead them for migration. I hope this kind of program will be extended to other species, this seems effective to conserve them !

  • ahre
    ahre 4 meses atrás

    such a great video, I never knew that this was even possible! this really cheered me up, thanks for the amazing video! and congrats on the 5m, well deserved 💜

  • Austin Crain
    Austin Crain 4 meses atrás

    Too cool! Its amazing that he’s even able to recognize the birds body language and vocalizations from his experience with them. What a cool connection between human and birds

  • Oscar Gill
    Oscar Gill 4 meses atrás +2

    I didn't expect it to look that cool! I can only imagine how cool it would be in person!
    I wonder what the birds are thinking when they see that... "What the- what are these humans doing? I didn't know they could fly! This is freaking me out what do I do?"

  • kirwanqueren
    kirwanqueren 4 meses atrás +1

    This is something I will have to do some day. I love geese, and I would love to fly with them. Well done, Tom

  • PoobLord
    PoobLord 4 meses atrás +346

    This is amazing it’s incredible how people can dedicate there lives to helping animals that most wouldn’t even bat an eye to.

    • sapnupuas
      sapnupuas Mês atrás

      @🌟 Wander the Nomad wow it worked

    • 🌟 Wander the Nomad
      🌟 Wander the Nomad 4 meses atrás +15

      @♜Pinned±①②①②②③⑤①⑧⓪⑧ Begone bot

  • Vít Salava
    Vít Salava 4 meses atrás

    Wow, I mean I fly paragliders, so it sometimes happens that I follow a bird of prey into a thermal to rise with them, or that they join me if I find a good thermal, but this is on a completely different level! Last week I flew opposite a flock of white storks that I assume were migrating north at this time of year. It's nice meeting birds in the air in harmony, not in impact or attack :) These people are doing awesome work reintroducing species to the environment. I think there's a movie about them too, although not too accurate.

  • chad humbert
    chad humbert 4 meses atrás

    This is one of the most amazing and heartwarming things I've seen this year.

  • 1946Ash
    1946Ash 4 meses atrás

    That was an emotional moment for Tom at the end and rightly so. Amazing.

  • JadenAnjara
    JadenAnjara 4 meses atrás +1

    That’s one level of trust with animals I wish I’ll be able to have one day, of course not with geese but with my future dog for example

  • Jonas D Atlas
    Jonas D Atlas 4 meses atrás +447

    These things are honestly hugely cool to me. It’s kind of reminiscent of some of those very first flying designs from centuries ago, with that vague idea that it actually feels like you are flying, rather than getting into a machine that does.

    • ddb siblings
      ddb siblings 4 meses atrás +1

      @DRCGaming Its the bisexual pride flag!

    • ddb siblings
      ddb siblings 4 meses atrás +1

      Nice pfp!

    • hy3na
      hy3na 4 meses atrás +2

      @DRCGaming based bi

    • Soken50
      Soken50 4 meses atrás +5

      @DRCGaming Bi

    • DRCGaming
      DRCGaming 4 meses atrás +1

      everyones comenting on the pfp but i dont see what its referencing. all i see are 3 stripes

  • Shortbread Head
    Shortbread Head 4 meses atrás +2

    Watching this made me happier than I thought it could

  • Spiritus
    Spiritus 4 meses atrás +1

    This is just so wholesome. He’s committed so much of his life to helping these birds - I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Just so, so cool.

  • Otso Kivivuori
    Otso Kivivuori 4 meses atrás +1

    This is awesome! I have a bit of experience sharing the air with eagles on glider but this is a totally different and totally something i want to try if i ever get the chance

  • Huntracony
    Huntracony 4 meses atrás +6

    The only worry I have is how the constant loud noise of an aircraft right next to them might affect the birds, I imagine that's very hard to study, but if it's helping the birds form safer migration routes and saving them from extinction it's almost definitely worth it. It's also very cool.

    • Mark Wright
      Mark Wright 4 meses atrás +2

      @DFK Maybe they're thinking about it from the potential for constant loud noise damaging their hearing as can happen with humans.

    • DFK
      DFK 4 meses atrás

      They are used to it ever since they were in the egg. It's their source of comfort, so it's quite the opposite.

  • Joshua Barbeau
    Joshua Barbeau 4 meses atrás

    Wow, Tom. I like a lot of your videos, but this one really blew me away. The story... This guy went out of his way to train a dying out species to find a new migration route to take that would be safer for them. That's... It makes me want to cry with joy. I didn't think people cared about wild animals that much anymore. This proves I was wrong. Thanks for restoring some faith in humanity.

  • D
    D 4 meses atrás

    Secondary note to this video, it must have been truly amazing to fly with the birds... I would only hope I would get the opportunity to experience. Kudos on great edits of the flight(s).

  • Pedro Abilleira
    Pedro Abilleira 4 meses atrás

    I wish I could do it someday, seems such an awesome experience

    TRLWNC1 4 meses atrás

    This is so neat! It really shows how the movie about flying the birds from Canada to NC would have ended up. I always wondered exactly how realistic it was!

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 4 meses atrás

    I really like it when interviews are done in the interviewee's native language. Please keep doing that, Tom

  • C Mel
    C Mel 4 meses atrás

    Amazing Tom, you bring awareness to conservation and for that the planet is grateful

  • Rorschach
    Rorschach 4 meses atrás +2

    I think this has to be the most magical of all your videos, Tom.

  • No Neck
    No Neck 4 meses atrás

    His passion for what he's doing for those birds is an incredible connection between human an animal, and for the preservation of the species.....i hope someone will carry on his legacy

  • Milan 13
    Milan 13 4 meses atrás

    Amazing how Tom always finds something so unknown and interesting to talk about!

  • gleebergloben1
    gleebergloben1 4 meses atrás +1

    Awesome vid, and the pilot’s head while airborn is on a swivel the entire time, accounting for every bird (baby). Must be exhausting but awesome.

  • Connor Lane
    Connor Lane 4 meses atrás

    Imagine being able to say that you petted a bird in flight. What an amazing experience.

  • Ahmed Sahnoun
    Ahmed Sahnoun 4 meses atrás +1

    it must be amazing to be financially secure enough to be able to do something you believe in like this. That's what i assume anyways.

  • Darren Krivit
    Darren Krivit 4 meses atrás

    The avian version of swimming with dolphins 😉looks like an amazing experience, thanks for sharing it ✌️

    LP BAYBEE 4 meses atrás

    Absolutely incredible!!! Thank you for sharing, Tom!!!

  • Janne Peltonen
    Janne Peltonen 4 meses atrás

    Wow. That was quite spectacular. (Also there were some red-breasted geese, too, one of those visited Finland just last week, they are very rare here, even more so than the lesser white-fronted ones :) )
    I have only ever flown with the birds in the sense that I was doing a right hand circuit at the local airfield, and a sea eagle was staying in position on the left hand side of the circuit for the whole time :-P

  • L T
    L T 4 meses atrás +3

    I feel like I just watched the sequel to Fly Away Home. Great stuff as always!

    CITIZEN JOAN 4 meses atrás +2

    Yes but there’s nothing like being a Bird. I love it.

  • Shazbotacus
    Shazbotacus 4 meses atrás

    That looks so friggin' *magical.*
    I wanna fly an ultralight even more now.

  • George Moore
    George Moore 4 meses atrás

    Bravo Tom, that brought tears to my eyes 😊👍

  • Sofus
    Sofus 4 meses atrás +2

    Tom you have an extraordinary life, appreciate it 🕊

  • Bob
    Bob 4 meses atrás +1

    Wow! I'm not a big fan of birds due to an unfortunate budgie incident when I was a small child, but that looks amazing.

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 4 meses atrás

    Wow. As a glider pilot I'm used to flying with birds from time to time, but, wow. This is just a whole other level of intimacy with these amazing animals. Amazing.

  • Martijn
    Martijn 4 meses atrás

    Now, now this is making me really, really jealous. Well done Tom!

  • T3d3K
    T3d3K 4 meses atrás

    Sweet landing. Tom under the emotion of that amazing experience (did I see a tear ?) "Incroyable"

  • drakedbz
    drakedbz 4 meses atrás +2

    Amazing that the birds didn't seem to mind being touched mid-flight. I would have thought that it might annoy them, but they didn't seem to care.

  • Jasmin
    Jasmin 4 meses atrás

    What a phenomenal experience. I thank you for taking us along and just being in the experience with you🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰

  • VaTreeGuy
    VaTreeGuy 4 meses atrás

    What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing it with us!