Hot air balloons and disturbance to birds

Subject: Hot air balloons and disturbance to birds
From: Penn Gwynne <>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 18:37:52 -0800 (PST)

G'day MIN and All,

I had the very beautiful benefit this early am of a pilotless helicopter landing not far from my home, it must have been pilotless? due to the laws about height whilst flying over built up area's? everything outside with wings scattered, my home shook, taking about two hours for all to return to normal. But then, of course two hours later, the chopper decided to crank up and leave ......

HE DID NOT FLY AT THE REGULAR HEIGHT OR PATH and it was NOT an Emergency Flight.

JAG Finks: If we trained a few Eastern Spinebills to swoop dive the hot air balloons :^D>>> or better still some magpies eh ....... :^D>>>

Have you tried searching with


Hi all,

Does anyone know of any literature about hot air balloons disturbing bird, especially wetland birds. (I found, via Google, one report from Holland of all ducks leaving a wetland as a hot air balloon flew over.)

This issue arises because of increasing numbers of landings and launches being allowed in our parks.

Michael Norris

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