Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Bird control from the ground?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by FRS, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. FRS

    FRS

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2014
    Messages:
    255
    Likes Received:
    3
    I have noticed that birds are super drawn towards my phantom. I've had a really close call and it scared me. Does anyone else have super aggressive birds in your area? A loud noise or a shotgun would be great but I typically shoot inside the city so not the best option for me.
     
  2. darwin-t

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2014
    Messages:
    513
    Likes Received:
    5
    I had some hawks circling mine, but I don't think they were at the same altitude. I only get a couple of frames of one of them.
     
  3. FRS

    FRS

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2014
    Messages:
    255
    Likes Received:
    3
    Mine are these pesky little black birds of south Texas. They are everywhere.. And for some crazy reason really like the phantom.
     
  4. Mal_PV2_Ireland

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2014
    Messages:
    2,589
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Dublin Ireland
    They are most likely nesting and see you as a threat. They're out warning you away from the nest. Be careful, they've been known to take rc craft out of the air.
     
  5. Happyflyer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,805
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Cold, Cold, Michigan
    I have had it happen twice now. Odd because it was sea gulls one time. The other time it was out in a farmers big field. Big and black so guess they were crows. Flapped around for a short time and left. They better not dive down on it or they are going to loose some feathers or their head.
     
  6. kitari

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2014
    Messages:
    542
    Likes Received:
    43
    Location:
    Paris, TN
    I just recently had that happen to me as well, it was a swarm of blackbirds and they just kept flying around it and occasionally swooping down at it. I tried to get some video of it but hit the camera button instead of video so I just have a random picture of a tree. If it happens again I'll be sure to try to hit that record button.
     
  7. Fordzuki

    Joined:
    May 13, 2014
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a few swallows living in the tree in my backyard and they'll come out and fly around with it but never really get closer than 15-20 ft from it. I've managed to get a couple cool still shots of them so I don't do anything to deter them. Crows I could see being more aggressive because of how they treat the gulls around here.
     
  8. enseth

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2014
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm not basing this on experience but I recon in most cases a birds would come off second best in an altercation with four fast rotating quad copter blades.
     
  9. Mal_PV2_Ireland

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2014
    Messages:
    2,589
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Dublin Ireland
    You'd be very surprised, they are so agile that they can hit from the side and underneath with no problems but can take a phantom out by attacking from above too
    Birds attack phantom drone quad-copter causing cr…: http://youtu.be/DzfiLmbhvqg
    DJI Phantom Crash!! Bird attack!!: http://youtu.be/ZmxmqHoSPlE
     
  10. gunslinger

    gunslinger Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2013
    Messages:
    2,722
    Likes Received:
    497
    Location:
    Least Coast...
    I've had a couple of big red tail hawks keeping tabs on the P2V on more than one occasion, but never got really close. What I DO have is a screen shot from a video showing a really startled mourning dove. I took a fast turn and was really moving. When I reviewed the video, I saw something flash by. Freeze frame showed the dove doing everything it could to put the brakes on. :D

    I'll try to dig up that pic...

    -slinger
     
  11. enseth

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2014
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Had a look at the videos and it seems I'm wrong. I bow to your greater knowledge.
     
  12. Mal_PV2_Ireland

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2014
    Messages:
    2,589
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Dublin Ireland
    I didn't believe it until I saw the videos myself ;)