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Near Miss, Mavic 3, Bird Attack

thewishy

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Had a near miss in Iceland a couple of days ago. Shortly after launching, an Arctic Tern objected to it's presence. normally they make some noise and give you a chance to leave the area, I initially gained altitude to get some space, and the bird seemed to leave me, before swooping in from quite some distance, and the bird making contact. Presumably they had young nearby.
I saw it all, and I saw it drop about 10 meters. Fortunately the aircraft recovered itself, and after landing quickly I found a cracked prop but no other damage. Fortunately I carry spares, and I'm good to carry on droning, perhaps with a little more attention paid to Terns! They're super aggressive.

I thought I'd post, as the cause was obvious, and it's nice to know that the aircraft can correct. There is also good data and a recording of the whole thing.
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Lessons: Terns are (Mod Removed Language) and may not give you much warning before trying to take you down
 
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Glad you got it sorted out without crashing!
 

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Mothers protect. Terns, falcons, red wing blackbirds, et. Al, will all get aggressive if they feel their young are threatened.
The drone recovery was impressive. Kudos to DJI.
 

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At what elevation was the drone when the bird struck? I fly fairly often with birds around and I wondered what would be a fairly safe height to allow the drone to recover should a strike occur.
 

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I find crows and blackbirds to be most aggressive. Red kites are awesome, I've got a clip of one soaring next to my drone and inspecting it.
If you see a bird coming in to attack - stop and descend immediately at speed, IIRC, almost all birds cannot fly upside down or dive directly downwards as it disrupts the aerofoil created by the wing feathers.
Employing this tactic has saved my drone from several bird attacks.
 
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