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In Ant-Man, before the main heist is set to occur, Scott needs to break into an old Stark warehouse to steal a signal disruptor.

When he gets there, he realises that the old Stark warehouse is now the base of The Avengers, and he ends up getting into a fight with The Falcon.

How can this character even see Ant-Man in order to fight him?

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    He has special glasses. Also he isn't ant sized, he's slightly bigger so you could focus on movement and see him (like when he is running on a shoulder of some bodyguard). – Zikato Jul 21 '15 at 8:48
  • @Zikato He is smaller than the biggest ants we see, and the character in question first spots him when he is standing on a roof, not running. What special glasses? – Dr R Dizzle Jul 21 '15 at 8:50
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    When there were scene in Falcon POV, you could see that his glasses target the Ant-man. Also he went to the roof because alarm was triggered and then he saw him with the glasses. – Zikato Jul 21 '15 at 8:53
  • @Zikato Do we see the glasses highlight Ant Man, or point him out? If so, put it as an answer. – Dr R Dizzle Jul 21 '15 at 8:55
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    @DrRDizzle Yes; there's a little targeting reticle that moves around automatically trying to lock onto Ant-Man's signature. – TylerH Jul 21 '15 at 15:49
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This character can see Ant-man because of the special glasses he wears.

When we get to see the Point of View of this character, it highlights the Ant-Man and there is red circle / rectangular around him.

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    also note at the bottom of Falcon's POV it says something like "Mode: Zoom" – KutuluMike Jul 21 '15 at 11:40
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    Given that Falcon is usually flying high, it makes sense that he can zoom in enough to see details on the ground from up there. Seeing an ant-sized human while standing on the ground isn't fundamentally different from seeing humans that look as small as ants from way up in the sky. – Bobson Jul 24 '15 at 17:21
  • Also Ant-Man is small, not invisible. When an ant carries a bit of a leaf, you can see the bit of the leaf, even though it’s smaller than the ant. – Paul D. Waite Sep 2 '15 at 11:15
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The basic answer has already been given by Zikato: Falcon has goggles as part of his suit that apparently include enhanced targeting protocols and an advanced Heads Up Display (HUD).

Promotional image of Falcon showing goggles as a part of his suit while he confronts Ant-Man before Ant-Man shrinks:

Here is a screenshot showing Falcon's POV while trying to locate Ant-Man's signature on the roof of the Avengers warehouse.

And here's Falcon's POV while his goggles have located and locked on to Ant-Man's signature, and zoomed in to provide a better image (Ant-Man is pictured running, roughly in the center of the "zoomed" window in the HUD):

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And

once Ant-Man has destroyed Falcon's suit from the inside,

you can see he's no longer able to track Ant-Man via his Falcon Goggle HUD:

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