Short video of Wedge-Tailed Eagle taking out drone

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Subject: Short video of Wedge-Tailed Eagle taking out drone
From: Ross Kelly <>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:02:50 +0000
Personally, I will always root for the bird in these increasingly common conflicts.
Unfortunately - and irrespective of what the self-interested drone operators may or may not see or want to fess up to - in many of these encounters the bird will lose a toe, or worse, to the many fans on these things.
A thousand curses on these 'fifty buck drones'.
There should be some kind of regulation to mitigate this situation. Perhaps the operator must 'power-down' the drone the instant they see the potential conflict starting to unfold. In this way, the props will be slower and less damaging, and any video that shows the drone is not dropping as the bird approaches can be followed up with a "please explain" letter from CASA (or whoever regulates these devices) to the operator.
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