An Eagle Takes Unkindly To A Drone Flying Through Her Skies

Aug 12, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
Adam Lancaster is an Australian man who just had a rare encounter with Australia's largest bird of prey in a very unusual way. While flying his drone quadcopter around the countryside near Melbourne, a large female wedge-tailed eagle seemed to take offense to it and decided to punch it out of the sky using her talons. Luckily for us, all of this was captured by the drone's camera. According to Lancaster, the eagle was unharmed and flew away after reclaiming the skies.

This is not the first, nor will it likely be the last time that a drone and a large bird have an unpleasant encounter. There are numerous other videos of eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds of prey attacking drones in the sky. These birds likely see them either as a threat, or potential prey. Or maybe they just don't like drone flying through what's basically their living room, which I could definitely understand. Either way, Lancaster advises all drone pilots that to ensure the safety of both bird and drone, always land if you spot a bird of prey flying around nearby.
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