[Tweeters] Eagle and Drones again...

Bud Anderson falconresearch at gmail.com
Mon May 30 14:05:39 PDT 2016


As Ed says, this subject came around earlier.

Aside from the fact that 3-8 powerful drone motors with carbon graphite
propellers can and have cut off the toes, feet and heads of raptors, I was
wondering just exactly how this person proposes to capture an offending
drone.

If you think about it, will he just stand around somewhere with an eagle on
his fist hoping against hope that someone will fly an unauthorized drone by
him?

Ever held an eagle on your fist for several hours?

How many days will they just stand there? Weeks? Months? Years?

And if so, how many offending drones will the bird actually catch?

More practically, who is going to pay someone to stand there with an eagle
for an unspecified amount of time waiting to catch a random drone?

You have to house, feed and transport the eagle of course.

Finally, being a drone pilot myself and being very familiar with the flying
capabilities of large eagles, I can tell you that most decent drones can
now out-climb, out-accelerate, and out-turn any Haliaeetus eagle out there,
especially if the eagle is starting from a ground position.

At least during this news cycle, the guy has started talking about coming
up with some sort of "armor" for the birds legs.

I would treat this news article with a good deal of skepticism.

Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
falconresearch at gmail.com
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