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The birds love my spark!
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Goatherdervt
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I flew three batteries today with my new spark and all three times I had birds flying towards it at around 100 feet in the air. One of the birds look like a hawk and is very large, and another is smaller, streamlined bird. Both do not like the spark as they will torment it by straffing and diving. I just put a decal skin on the spark of dark gray and orange. Should i go back to white? Would it make a difference?
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Charles Adams
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I have a green spark, and it attracts the wrath of a lot of birds.  Do we believe that the FAA owns the regulating of air space?  OH HECK NO!  It's these little birds!  THEY are dictating when I can fly and can't!

When I was flying over water and I got harassed by maybe 40 of them, I landed quickly and didn't challenge them after that (they won).  I was afraid that if one got too close I'd lose the spark in the lake.

When I was flying at my property, I was less swayed by their protests.  I had maybe a dozen express their dissatisfaction with my spark, but I kept flying.  I figured if they knocked it out of the sky, I would be able to recover it.  None of them actually made contact with the spark.
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TheCyberKnight
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The size is likely the most important factor. I don't think prey birds care about the color or patterns much.
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rick bernotas
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I always have birds flying about it.  There is always at least one bird that is super curious about it, and will constantly dive at it, have a look, and then circle back around.

I think that's really it, most birds are just curious what it is, and are especially confused by the Spark when it just hovers in place.  Larger birds of prey definitely get pretty agitated about it, though.  If you are anywhere near a nest... they will definitely try and ward it off.
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lafoto
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When I have birds around I give two laps in sport mode and make a few quick turns and they go away. Even the seagulls ...
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ImHereToCrash
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rick bernotas Posted at 2017-8-25 12:04
I always have birds flying about it.  There is always at least one bird that is super curious about it, and will constantly dive at it, have a look, and then circle back around.

I think that's really it, most birds are just curious what it is, and are especially confused by the Spark when it just hovers in place.  Larger birds of prey definitely get pretty agitated about it, though.  If you are anywhere near a nest... they will definitely try and ward it off.

this^^   for the most part..  

i wouldn't be too worried about a hawk, unless invading its nest.. but if hawk is eating on ground or flying about mostly likely not going to cause much issues... smaller birds are probably curious or they maybe trying to make a show of dominance.  but i had zero issues...

i dont think color has any roll in how birds react, birds hate my mavic pro, so i dont fly from the park as much anymore because it causes such a stir and i actually feel little bad.  at my farm the birds come and go from and to all directions nothing i can do im sure just curiosity with them, we do have hawks and eagles as well on my property ..hawks are actually very likely to fly away and not come at you as long as not near nest.. eagles however i will land my drone or get away, they will have no issue grabbing drones and and breaking them or at least dropping them causing them to break or forever get lost..
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Rawsome
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I have a bold white at my lake and he tells me when to fly and when not.
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FatherXmas
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There's a couple birds around my house that occasionally fly at the AC. I go up and down and spin it a few times and so far it has frightened them off. I hope they never get brave enough to actually attack it.
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HighCamera
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I've always heard that most birds have difficulty flying straight up, so I am always on the ready to jump about ten feet straight up if they get too close. We should start a thread with bird footage


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TMUSVI
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TheCyberKnight Posted at 2017-8-25 11:41
The size is likely the most important factor. I don't think prey birds care about the color or patterns much.

dont know about that mine is white birds run from it
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STech - Hathder
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3 months ago a bird strike my Parrot Bebop at 400m distance, it falls from 30M height on a farm, i used the find drone function on app, find the drone and it dont get even a scratch. How i know its a bird? I see birds circulating the drone on FPV and Parrot app tells what motor had been hit and stoped in realtime. A thing i hate about parrot drones.. it stops the motor if something hit the motor (even a leaf), so the drone dont have even a chance to recover.

Small drones are Birds magnets!!

Now my Spark call atention of birds like my bebop, i always be careful since the bebop accident.



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Spookymike
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I discovered this today morning when i was out testing the new FW update. There have been some swallows or sparrows appeared while i was flying. This scared me a little i was worried they would harm my Spark ;-) But everything was fine. Seemed that they were just curios :-)
2017-8-26
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AzBaja aka "Eri
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Bees.....  Flying the P2vp a few years back about 300 feet above us.  at one point it started to rain bees around  us.  Landed that phantom and found it covered with bee guts.  Watching the video later you can see the Bees flying up at the Phantom from below it.  After that I added the No Bee Sticker to that phantom  
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TMUSVI
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had a war with them today birds crazy
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CharlieZ
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Cool, Thanks for sharing!
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