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MrRobert5823
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I was out flying last week.  I was over a wooded area, with a small lake nearby, my altitude was about 50 meters up and a distance about 200 meters away.  I am shooting still shots and getting my camera all lined up and I start getting these proximity warnings!  I am not moving around at all and I am fairly high up.  As I look closer at the drone there are a few birds that are dive bombing me to get me to go away.  If they miss and fly into my props, they will have a bad day and I will lose my drone.  I came home scared that I could have lost my drone and killed a bird.  Anyone else have experience with birds defending their airspace?

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Just_nick
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Yes. Flying up usually helps
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Nigel_
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It is nesting time, you need to stay away from their nests at this time of year.
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Markon
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Birds of prey generally don't like drones. I have had several instances of birds upset by my drone over the farm. One of the farmers in my local area had his Phantom 3 taken out by a Brown Falcon on his fourth flight.

As Just_nick advised, going up is best option.

For example, yesterday while flying over timbered area looking for feral animals on our farm at an altitude of 25m, a wedgetail eagle started taking unhealthy interest in my drone.

Immediately I stopped forward motion of drone and went straight up at full speed to 120m and then flew at full speed back towards me. After about  300m distance, the eagle lost interest.

My rule of thumb is when over timber, forest or other areas where encounters are likely, is to maintain good SA (Situational Awareness)
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DJI Susan
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Keep birds away from the aircraft as the noise may irritate them.
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MrRobert5823
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Markon Posted at 2018-5-9 14:39
Birds of prey generally don't like drones. I have had several instances of birds upset by my drone over the farm. One of the farmers in my local area had his Phantom 3 taken out by a Brown Falcon on his fourth flight.

As Just_nick advised, going up is best option.

Sounds exactly right.  I can't tell you how startled I was, but now that I know..... thanks
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AlanHd
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I’ve had a few instances of birds divebombing my drone, as soon as I notice any taking any interest I make sure to get out of there PDQ.
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Anokadrone
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DJI Susan Posted at 2018-5-9 19:15
Keep birds away from the aircraft as the noise may irritate them.

hehehe you're funny.  Nothing worse than an irritated bird
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