Watch as this angry hawk takes out a quadcopter drone in mid-air

By Shawn Knight ยท 22 replies
Oct 10, 2014
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  1. It was a seemingly normal Wednesday for YouTuber Christopher Schmidt. He was out flying his Phantom FC40 quadcopter at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when a hawk decided he wasn't too thrilled with the drone's presence.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Makes me want to build a quad copter suit for my cat
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,318   +1,405

    Wendig0, St1ckM4n, trgz and 4 others like this.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,871   +1,291

    Yet another reason to outlaw these stupid things. I'd sooner believe that private citizens need machine guns than flying camcorders.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I can't stop laughing XD thanks for posting this!
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,318   +1,405

    Do you think it should be legal for stewi0001 to attach a camcorder to his flying cat?
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    oh dont play coy, you. *pinches cheek*
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    As long as the cat in question is a munchkin cat, that way he doesnt jump on my counters.
  9. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,318   +1,405

    That's what my latest product, the tabby taser is for! It's a collar you give your cat and whenever they act up you can give them a gentle shock of about 50,000 volts. It even features wireless charging so you'll never have to change the battery!
  10. I don't see an angry hawk here! I just see perfection of nature protecting it's territory whilst doing humanity a great service. Job well done my feathered friend!

    The NSA, Amazon, Google etc are probably already commissioning some arms company to produce "air to hawk" missiles!
  11. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,958   +216

    Looks to me like the hawk was trying to land, maybe the copter looked very much like a stationary object?
  12. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +72

    get off my lawn!!!!!
  13. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    HAHAHAAAAH! Yeah, teach that stupid bird a lesson!
  14. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    that's also how they look when they are catching prey, but you could be right.
  15. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    I think it was trying to catch it to eat it. It may look like small game for them. The bird looked fairly big compared to a Phantom2.
  16. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 356   +203

  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,700

    That does make you wonder! And I agree that the bird did not look to be angry and attacking. Have you ever seen a bird attack another bird? They don't get away easily, and they try real hard. This quad-chopper just stops and doesn't try to evade. Yet the bird disappears afterward.
  18. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    It's 'Murica! Learn your meme son.

    This was cool though :p
  19. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    Go ahead make a quadcopter for your cats so hawks can kill them.
  20. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,934   +760

    Good eyes, mate.

    In the US where Raptors are federally protected, any such attempt at shooting raptors, or other protected birds, out of the sky will be met with long, federal prison sentences.

    I'll speculate that if such things become more ubiquitous, it won't only be hawks chasing these things out of their territory, it will be birds like red-wing blackbirds and other smaller birds that commonly chase bigger birds like hawks out of their territory. These things will be prime targets for birds, and there will probably be ignorant users of these things that will start a campaign to eliminate all birds.

    It is too bad the hawk left the quadra copter intact, IMHO.
  21. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,934   +760

    A hawk's feet are what it uses to grab things - including catching things in the air. Having some knowledge of bird behavior, to me, this is a bird defending its territory.
  22. Meanwhile, in Soviet Russia... Ah, nevermind:
    (@animalrightsgodchosenorwhatever, no, not really)
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  23. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Comments like yours scare me. Why do you feel like the government needs to ban something else, much less an expensive recreational toy?

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