Note to self: “If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land. I have added this to my operating procedure.”
So wrote the poster of this video, who watched helplessly from the ground as an eagle took out his airborne camera drone.
With a wingspan of nearly seven feet and talons to match, this wedge-tailed eagle thwacked the drone and sent it tumbling. It only took 15 seconds. And all of it was caught on camera.
This is not the first instance of animals seizing cameras. Last November a squirrel grabbed a GoPro camera, took it up a tree and dropped it. And a year ago a marmot skittered up to a Greenpeace camera, mistook it for a snack, and snatched it.
Lancaster, noting that the bird suffered no ill effects, had advice for other drone operators.
“Do not fly drones near birds of prey, they clearly attack seeing you as a threat or the right-sized dinner,” he said on his posting at YouTube. “This will cost you money and potentially harm to the bird. This one was fine. The drone needed some attention before it could fly again.”