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Old Aug 26, 2005, 05:20 AM
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Onboard Video/photos of magpies attacking my plane in flight!

It's spring in Australia! ...

So the local magpies are busy defending their breeding territories. There's a pair that nest near my local park who HATE me flying there, so today I mounted my old AIPTEK Mega pen cam into the wing of my S&B Komet, facing rearward.

These magpies know me and see me coming, so as soon as I start the 500 yard walk to the local park, they swoop me all the way there ..... and back.

Here are a couple of frames taken out of the video I took (dont know how to post a video yet - can anyone help please? using MS Frontpage) of the magpies attacking the plane. The video looks great. Hopefully post it soon. Enjoy

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 05:49 AM
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Hahaha. Thats awsome, you got some really nice photos.

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 06:17 AM
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looking forward to that video!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 07:39 AM
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So one practical use for RC video platforms is as a TARGET DRONE!

Actually, the video frames might be quite useful to those studying avian aerodynamics.

Think about an aircraft that has virtually hundreds of control and flying surfaces; hard to study up close and in real time.
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 09:30 AM
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Bird Strike

I guess this could really be classified as a "Bird Strike".
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 09:31 AM
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I love it! Way to go! That is so neat. Great pictures. Do they leave peck holes? I can't wait to see the video. Have a great day!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 09:42 AM
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I've always wanted to see a video of bird attacks.
If you can get it down to 2mb you can upload it directly to the forum just like you post a picture.
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 10:19 AM
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That's awesome and looks like it would be lots of fun!

Here's your next step:

Build an on board bb gun triggered by a servo. LOL

Just kidding but sounds fun too

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 11:30 AM
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Hey! Paint your plane to look like a Magpie, they might fall in love with it. Hee, Hee!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 05:38 PM
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You can load your Video HERE and just put a link to it for all to view.

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 05:51 PM
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Here is the video

Here is the video:

The field of view is pretty limited, so the cashe parts are brief ... again, I'll try to get some more video this weekend.

Enjoy!

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 06:02 PM
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I'll bet you had a great time making that. I enjoyed it.
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 08:50 PM
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Brilliant!!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 11:08 PM
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Great vid.
Now we need a ground to air video.
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 11:38 PM
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always check your six...

Very cool and intersting pics. I realy like the bird just getting bigger and bigger comming from behind.Thanks for sharing!

I did not have such a close encounter but I also once had to start dogfighting a bird to get my plane back. I was on a standared reccon mission with my nikon 3700 when this big bird decided my plane was disturbing his day. I cought a few shots of him on video...Will post the video in the gallery section.

http://www.rcgroups.com/gallery/show...hen=&whenterm=
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