The new Triple-A threat: anti-aircraft avians

Okay, time to ease into the weekend.

Eagle on your six, Drone-2. Pull up! Pull up!
Damn! Didn’t have a chance… Mark it’s position, Drone-4, and call-in a SAR drone.
Looks like I’ll have to write that letter to its technician.

Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the Australian outback. The roughly $80,000 machine had a wingspan of 7 feet and resembled a stealth bomber. There was just one problem. His machine raised the hackles of one prominent local resident: a wedge-tailed eagle.

Swooping down from above, the eagle used its talons to punch a hole in the carbon fiber and Kevlar fuselage of [the] drone, which lost control and plummeted to the ground. “[O]ne of these wedge-tailed eagles just dive-bombed the drone and punched it out of the sky,” …. “It ended up being a pile of splinters.” [story]

Nature, red [kevlar-fibered] in tooth and claw [talon].

Can’t we all just get along?
You know, share the skies, an’ all that?

I predict a significant uptick in community-college falconry courses.

What if he has a rake?

~ vid ~

(What? Dunno, revenge for birds sucked into jet engines, smashed by wind generators, and fried by solar arrays?)
(What? Strap frikkin’ laser beams on their heads?)
Videos of eagles bein’ jerks with drones


  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm |

    I dunno what this guy is complaining about. I mean, that eagle could have been armed with something dangerous.

  2. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm |

    ^ Ahhh, I knew somebody’d get the cultural ref.
    Well done

  3. Posted September 30, 2017 at 6:42 am |

    And to think, I was going to use a 12 gauge for drones.

    [checks local community college for falconry classes]

  4. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 7:58 am |

    (BTW, Doug, if by cultural ref you are referring to the “what if he has a rake” link, that video isn’t available here in Canuckia so I couldn’t see it. Guess ABC figures we’re not worthy of them …)

  5. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 10:01 am |

    ^ Dang!
    Okay, I embedded the rake vid.
    Let’s see if that works for ya.

  6. Joe Bandmember ® "≠ damn right I'm not equal to that" ™
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 10:20 am |

    Well, all I have is my daddy’s old 1929 Winchester Model 12 in 16X2 3/4.

  7. gsebes
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 11:27 am |

    Laughed my ass off at the rake! Brought down that drone quick. Nets are entanglement devices and not allowed. Thats a thin line to push as the tines did the same thing as the net. Just saying…

  8. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 6:44 am |

    Eagles… Lovely plumage…

  9. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 11:37 am |

    ^ “Pining” sounds like a good word for this new phenomenon.