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Air 2 attacked by big birds and crashed

boblui

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Reported by a local pilot today :


Involved was this species. White bellied sea eagle. Absolutely gorgeous creature. I hope they are not hurt in the incident .

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Ditto.
I dont understand why people keep their drone 'hanging about' when birds of prey start getting interested in the drone.
I came across a very amenable buzzard some time ago with a Phantom3 and spent a couple of minutes 'near it' but I suppose it eventually decided enough was enough and made what looked like a flyby.
I brought the drone back at that and the buzzard carried on hunting.
 
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The MA2 survived the first attack and it speaks volumes on its toughness. Too bad another attack came. Sorry for the crash and I hope you were able to recover your drone.

In my neck of the woods, I do not have these magnificent birds. I have the garden variety crows and once the MA2 is in the air, the flock starts circling around it, getting ready to pounce. I keep the MA2 in VLOS and once I sense the flock getting closer and more daring, I immediately descend and return to home.
 
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It's said that your best defense against an impending bird attack is to rocket vertically, a maneuver impossible to birds.

I also have a glittering holographic skin on my MA. So far, so good, but I can't claim it's a perfect shield. I think it may help scare off birds, but it only takes one fearless eagle.
 

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Appreciate the problem. Sorry about your drone.
I Aborted this mission after 4 progressively closer passes
 

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Have buzzards and crows round my area, they don't seem to want to tackle the drone (as yet), but in summer I do have swallows buzzing me, so I quickly descend. Wouldn't want the birds to be hit by a prop, or legs removed if a buzzard decides to attack.
 
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Dont have any sea eagles here in my part of the UK but the drone will sometimes wind the local gulls up. Usually they dont do much beyond making a lot of noise. However, watch out for Oystercatchers. Been attacked twice by these. They are fearless and will go in hard, also they get organised bringing their mates in for a coordinated attack. Got away by a rapid ascent, fast sideways move and landing. Still, the birds were there first and I try always to give way to them.
 
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