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Old Dec 06, 2012, 11:31 PM
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I have heard of someone's expensive mico ornithopter being snatched away by a falcon
he probably did not eat well that night!
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 06:48 AM
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Birds don't do loops??

Tumbler Pigeon and Roller Pigeon would like to have a word with you guys:


Culbutes au ralenti de Culbutant Pie de Lausitz (1 min 10 sec)


Ok, ok technically they aren't loopings but admit it looks cool, here are some slo-mo's https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=AtwGH4nEEbc.

I saw a tv program about Belgian Tumblers once, they said they developed this skill to dodge hawk attacks... which pretty much corresponds with what everybody here does with their rc planes.
Also, they aren't very popular because a lot of them like tumbling so much they can't stop and continue until they crash into the ground.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 02:50 PM
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lol that's funny
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 07:37 PM
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Had a pair of hawks (red tails, I think) go after my warmliner, probably because I was near their nest.

One made a pass at my ship, whilst the other hung back. So, I hit the power and did a vertical "8". They didn't budge when I finished the first half-loop, but when I pulled up into the second loop, they both turned around and ran. Never had a problem with them after that.

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Old Dec 08, 2012, 09:28 AM
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I fly real helicopters and Osprey will actually attack the helicopter if you fly anywhere near their nest. We do agricultural work, which is usually where they nest. Mom and dad will even team up on you. One will fly close at the same level to distract you and the other will dive bomb you from above. Crazy. All you can do is stay away.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 03:10 PM
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I fly real helicopters and Osprey will actually attack the helicopter if you fly anywhere near their nest. We do agricultural work, which is usually where they nest. Mom and dad will even team up on you. One will fly close at the same level to distract you and the other will dive bomb you from above. Crazy. All you can do is stay away.
That seems like a fatal move against a (full size) helicopter.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 04:42 PM
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I have a fan fold eagle..48" wingspread ...the ospreys don't get along with young eagles (my plane is that size) .....I found this out the hard way.

I flew a little too close to their perch(didn't see them) and they attacked from the back. I instantly shut off the throttle and headed down....ending in a cartwheel landing. I didn't want to injure them...and avoided that with the forced landing.

I did chase some crows that were disturbing my thermaling. They scattered instantly when I looped and landed up behind them
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 07:09 AM
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That seems like a fatal move against a (full size) helicopter.
My little Kiki [see my prior post] was lucky and only got a banged foot from his two unnecessary encounters with my SMALL R/C heli while learning to believe me and not fly over one nor try to land on even slow-turning rotors ....

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Old Sep 29, 2015, 10:07 AM
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My Budgie Kiki painfully learned when he was about 3 months old that one should never fly directly over nor try to land on the rotors of even a tiny R/C heli as it is coming to rest on the ground. He is very clever, but had to learn the almost-hard way that when I'd previously warned him to keep away from them, there was a good reason.

But he learned his lesson and will not fly dangerously close to them anymore, though he sometimes pushes the limit. When I take one of these tiny coax 4-ch helis out [which I've tuned to be reasonably fast indoors, precisely responsive and stable > my livingroom is larger and I fly them faster than shown in the video below made when I was just starting to learn how to get them flying fast, about 20KPH/13mph, which is still slower than he can fly indoors], he says, "Go, go with the helicopter" [yes, it surprised me that he can say helicopter] or "See, watch the helicopter" when that is his wiser choice. I put together a super lightweight ersatz heli from old parts w/no mechanics & few parts, so I can throw it at him or hold onto, blades autorotating as I hold it and run and chase him with to remind him of heli-danger. He really enjoys the game, and as soon as he realized it was HIS helicopter, clever creative little Kiki now calls that one "Helikiki". Nonetheless, he has also learned that the Avitron [shown in my above post] is much better, more fun and SAFER to fly around with! L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23c6X-Jw8yA
Well Kiki now has his own FaceLook page https://www.facebook.com/amazing.stu...t.kiki?fref=ts and a cool new 2 minute video with original music I "composed" on the spot as I played all the instruments (overdubs) into my Toshiba Ultrabook's mic: eBass, guitar, 5-str banjo played as Easy Listening Jazz as well as Bluegrass in the exciting parts .... plus bass drum which was a cardboard shipping carton and which sounds close to the bass drum on Early Beatles, Buddy Holly and even Diana Ross & the Supremes bass drum >

Amazing Stunt Pilot Kiki (2 min 1 sec)



please "LIKE" it on YouTube and FaceBook and send it around, telling everyone to do the same, spreading Kiki's joyous good vibes and brightening everyone's day ....


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Love the Kiki video

I've never had any issues with birds around our where I live. One time at the park there was a big mess of hawks flying up high but they never got low enough to bother my plane (think I was flying the mini Piper cub that day).

NOW at my father-in-law's house (about 8-10 miles down the river), I had at least 2 close calls with our flying friends. Once was a sparrow trying to get my micro Piper Cub, and the other was a bat trying to get my father-in-law's Sport Cub S. Both came within a few feet of getting the planes.
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 01:32 PM
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Most falcons attack other birds in the air for food. The Funjet does have a vaguely duck-like silhouette, maybe it thought your model was edible. They do normally have very sharp vision, though, so maybe it was just defending its "turf". The bird in the picture actually looks more like an osprey than a falcon, and they eat fish, so I am really confused!
Ha! It does looklike a Duck!

DuckJet! But a cool DuckJet.
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Well Kiki now has his own FaceLook page https://www.facebook.com/amazing.stu...t.kiki?fref=ts and a cool new 2 minute video with original music I "composed" on the spot as I played all the instruments (overdubs) into my Toshiba Ultrabook's mic: eBass, guitar, 5-str banjo played as Easy Listening Jazz as well as Bluegrass in the exciting parts .... plus bass drum which was a cardboard shipping carton and which sounds close to the bass drum on Early Beatles, Buddy Holly and even Diana Ross & the Supremes bass drum >

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coAB7SK87GE


please "LIKE" it on YouTube and FaceBook and send it around, telling everyone to do the same, spreading Kiki's joyous good vibes and brightening everyone's day ....


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Hey, wild bird, very cool video, made us all smile. I read somewhere that these birds are the only ones that falcons can't catch. Maybe they just talk them out of it?
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Flying a few days ago and a seagull flew past. Next there are 4 flying around having a look, curious about what is going on. I have had a passing seagull seem to come to a stop in mid air as if surprised at what it had just seen. Flying a UM T-28 a year ago and ended up with a squadron of swallows following as I did circuits.
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Old Oct 01, 2015, 10:59 AM
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I have heard of someone's expensive mico ornithopter being snatched away by a falcon
he probably did not eat well that night!
That would be a drag. I just got an ornithopter micro. Though this one isn't expensive. But it does look a lot like a bird, when I can keep it in the air...
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If I fly high they want to shoot me down, if I fly low they want to kick me up
(my 40E profile chased by a flock of swallows)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B77...ew?usp=sharing

(my MXS-R 60" kicked out by lapwings)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B77...ew?usp=sharing

Seriously, I love animals and I'm scared as hell to hurt one of these little birds.
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