Welcome Inspire Pilots!
Join our free DJI Inspire community today!
Sign up

The Red Tail Hawk

Joined
Oct 1, 2019
Messages
18
Reaction score
6
Age
59
We were flying a real estate shot and were greeted by a Red Tail Hawk. The video was pretty cool. Flying my Inspire 2 with x5s. Location southern Idaho, USA.


 
  • Like
Reactions: Mete
Joined
Jul 2, 2018
Messages
40
Reaction score
15
Location
Minnesota
Pretty cool. I was approached by a juvenile, female, Merlin falcon while flying fall foliage. I happened to have the video running on my M2. When I realized she was real interested in my bird, I cut the video and fired it straight up and she bugged out. Happened in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Joined
Oct 1, 2019
Messages
18
Reaction score
6
Age
59
Do you think and Bird would attack a drone? That was my worry that the hawk and my inspire would come crashing to the ground and I have to explain how my drone killed a hawk...
 
Joined
Jul 2, 2018
Messages
40
Reaction score
15
Location
Minnesota
Short answer is, “Yes”. A friend of mine, who started and ran the University of Minnesota Raptor Center said the Merlin Falcon I encountered can be very territorial and aggressive. The red tail is a raptor, and also territorial. I envisioned the same scenario you feared and that is why when I realized that the bird interested in my Mavic was not a crow but a falcon, I fired the drone straight up, which is the best way to turn and run.
 
Joined
Oct 1, 2019
Messages
18
Reaction score
6
Age
59
I can believe that. In a way it is pretty cool to see raptors like that. On the other hand I have watched as a couple of my drones have fallen from the sky (pilot error). The thought of watching my Inspire 2 fall from the sky while entangled with a hawk is unsettling to say the least. Also agree that straight up is usually the best option. I'm a building inspector also and use a P4 pro for the roof work and have flown it between power lines and under tress and a host of other obstacles to see what needs to be seen, going up here is not always the best option.
 
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
152
Reaction score
74
Age
54
Do you think and Bird would attack a drone? That was my worry that the hawk and my inspire would come crashing to the ground and I have to explain how my drone killed a hawk...
Yes they will attack, and PhilZ's move to go straight up is the best manauvor to get away from the area. looks like he was annoyed you were hunting for little rodents in his filed :). Cool bird
 
Joined
May 26, 2015
Messages
153
Reaction score
42
Age
66
Location
Longview, TX
Website
www.encoremultimedia.com
Very cool. I read all the comments about possible bird attacks on our drones. I've always wondered about that. I've never had any problems with large birds, and we have very big Turkey Buzzards here in Texas, but Starlings are a different matter1 They are very territorial and when you launch a drone anywhere near their nests, they go after it, flying around, dodging it. I was trying to get a shot one day and there were so many Starlings I was worried eventually one of them would get clipped by one of my propellors, get killed and bring down my drone. I wouldn't want either to happen. I landed quickly and they disappeared. Starlings often nest under bridges.
 
Joined
Oct 1, 2019
Messages
18
Reaction score
6
Age
59
Thanks for your reply Dave. We have scores of starlings here also. They make good targets for my pellet rifles :). Really don't think it take much of a strike from a bird to take a drone down. I have watched one of my Phantom 4 pros fall a couple of times and the last one was a total loss of the drone. I do not even want to think about my Inspire 2 falling from the sky. Get hit by a federally protected bird and god only knows the can of worms that would open.
 
Joined
Apr 23, 2020
Messages
9
Reaction score
2
Age
30
Yeah. I fly my inspire 2 in my backyard, and gosh, so many birds fly up every time I land or take off. I‘m worried that my drone will get brought down. Any suggestions?
 

The Editor

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 7, 2013
Messages
10,293
Reaction score
5,407
Yeah. I fly my inspire 2 in my backyard, and gosh, so many birds fly up every time I land or take off. I‘m worried that my drone will get brought down. Any suggestions?
Plenty of threads already regarding mitigating against bird attacks - please use the search function.
The usual consensus is to climb rapidly if a bird takes an interest in the aircraft.
 
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
152
Reaction score
74
Age
54
Yeah. I fly my inspire 2 in my backyard, and gosh, so many birds fly up every time I land or take off. I‘m worried that my drone will get brought down. Any suggestions?
Its Hawk mating/nesting building season in NE right now. If you are seeing them often, time to move... To a new flying location that is
 
Joined
Dec 18, 2019
Messages
11
Reaction score
3
Age
31
Pigeons and sparrows seem to be the most curious birds I have encountered so far. Turkey vultures want nothing to do with a drone, and same with the few eagles I have encountered.
 

New Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
20,346
Messages
197,360
Members
29,889
Latest member
Nevadaleo