Towards the end of this video, you can see a bird of prey suddenly appearing and attacking an FPV drone in midair. While the footage is spectacular it is best to avoid any interactions and disturbances between drones and wildlife.
Bird of prey attacks an FPV drone in midair
As this video shows things can change quickly and it is not always easy to leave wildlife alone when flying a drone. Sure we have seen plenty of videos where the drone pilot is flying too close to wildlife and creating a disturbance for the animals.
In this video, however, you can see that sometimes things happen so quickly that is hard to avoid or prevent them from happening. The footage is shown in a video on Youtube from Kunj Dødiya who flies FPV drones in India.
You can see that as Kunj comes around with his drone a bird of prey approaches quickly and attacks the FPV drone. It seems that after the bird grabs the unmanned aircraft, it quickly releases and both the animal and the drone crash-land on the ground. It is hard to tell if the predator was injured, but it seems that it might have been. The FPV drone shows some damage to the propellers.
Go to the 12:00 minute mark in the video.
Avoid wildlife with your drone
Could this situation have been prevented? Maybe. A spotter might have helped and might have been able to see the bird in time. Also, research into the area and the time of year might have given the pilot an indication as to how likely he is to encounter predatory birds. However, sometimes things happen so quickly that it is near impossible to avoid.
Be sure to read these tips for responsible recreational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on National Forest Systems Lands in the U.S.
Recently, we reported on how a bald eagle took down a DJI Phantom 4 drone from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy over Lake Michigan.
How do you think situations like the one shown in the video might best be avoided? Please share your tips and best practices with us in the comments below.
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