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Video: Red-Tailed Hawk Takes Out Drone


On October 1, Christopher Schmidt was piloting his Phantom FC40 quadcopter drone when a young red-tailed hawk dove down and knocked it out of the sky. The on-board camera captured the event in exquisite detail:


The pilot saw the attack coming:

In Schmidt’s words, the bird “wasn’t too happy” with its presence…. “As soon as he flew at me, I throttled down the props to try to minimize any harm to the bird,” Schmidt wrote alongside his upload of the video on YouTube.

This was a win for the hawk. A win for nature against encroaching humanity. Aw heck, let’s just pull out all the stops: a win for America against prying and snooping of the NSA!!!! (I know, right? We privacy-minded Americans should invest in falconries across the nation and grow a veritable fleet of hawks trained to attack those snooping drones) OK, Pinky & the Brain moment is over….

But just don’t go thinking this take-down was a David-beats-Goliath thing. A little perspective, if you please:
drone_hand_heldDrone, meet hawk.

Red_Tailed_Hawk_kathiebgardenHawk, meet drone.


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The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.

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