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Bird of Prey vs P2V

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by gfredrone, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. gfredrone

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    I was flying at about 100 feet just hovering while messing with the DJI app. Out of nowhere a huge hawk comes screeching in toward the P2V and pulls up at what looked like about 10 feet from the P2V. At this point I'm a bit freaked out thinking I'm either going to kill this bird in my props or the hawk is going to take down my $1,200 craft. Instinctively I pull down on the throttle and the P2V starts falling from the sky. I guess the hawk thought it was play time because it circled twice more and went into another dive bomb maneuver. I thought the P2V was toast this time but once again the hawk pulled up at the last second and went back into a circling pattern. Long story short I got the P2V back on the ground without incident. I must have been in hostile airspace without clearance from the local avian authorities. Crazy experience!
     
  2. skyhighdiver

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    Great story :eek: :D

    Had a similar story with a eagle by the river
    He made 3 high speed passes and managed to avoid my camera all but one shot of his wing as he went bye
    I know the fealing I thought my new toy was going to be lunch :shock: :shock:
     
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    Nice shots - I bet that got the heart beating faster :) I saw in the second clip that you tried to pan round to follow it.
     
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    Check out these action shots, flying my phantom around birds always makes me feel uneasy although i've not seen one fly into it... yet.
     

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    Noticed he came at you put of the sun. Wonder if they learned that watching old WWII air combat movies?

    Not as exciting as hawks or kites, but I did notice buzzards stared flying overhead when i was at the park today with my Phantom. Probably realized I was a newbie and was waiting for the crash
     
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    Anyone know any experts on birds? What's the proper protocol for an RC encountering foul aloft? I don't want to be mistaken for encouraging baby Phantom's or anything, nor do I want to be misinterpreted for violating nest space or starting a war with the Alpha pack if ya know what I mean.

    I was flying about 300ft up today when my Vision seemed to draw the interest of a pack of three birds. They just flew circles going away, flying back, following the lead bird but never got too close. I just picked an exit and slowly moved off and so did they. I think other posters may be right, mostly they're just curious as long as a family nest isn't at risk.

    iDrone :)
     
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    Great Pics!!
     
  9. Pull_Up

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    Well I'm going to try and avoid more Kites as the breeding season kicks in as the males are territorial I think, and might want to attack first and ask questions later... Hopefully the noise puts them off from getting too close but I don't want to rely on that if their hormones are going full tilt.