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Possibly a close call with a bird of prey...
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un hombre
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I was doing my regular sightseeing of a nice gatehouse (Duckett's Grove in Ireland) when all of a sudden I realised, a big bird was gliding close by in my FOV.
Well, I had no idea how it can end so decided to run for my Mavic's life and thankfully nothing bad happened.


It looks funny, though:


1) I see a bird in the view,
2) I pan the camera to make sure what I see is what I think it is,
3) Full throttle home...


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Bradders
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I would like to see it, but I think you have uploaded the wrong link, if you view the video at the bottom there is a 'share' button, then copy the link
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un hombre
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Bradders Posted at 2017-5-7 10:48
I would like to see it, but I think you have uploaded the wrong link, if you view the video at the bottom there is a 'share' button, then copy the link

It should be embedded in the post now, is it?
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dronist
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Man you got lucky but it was a beautiful shot!
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SkunkWerxs
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un hombre , That looked like a hawk , I can fly with them where I am they don't seem to mind ( YET ? )
                   Eagles are my problem, they sneakup and attack from behind you  ---- Good Capture of it !!!!!!
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un hombre
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I have no idea what it was, but it definitely was not a pigeon...

I have seen many videos where those predators don't mind drones, but I did not want to take the chance.
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SkunkWerxs
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un hombre Posted at 2017-5-7 11:33
I have no idea what it was, but it definitely was not a pigeon...

I have seen many videos where those predators don't mind drones, but I did not want to take the chance.

definitely was not a pigeon... wahahahahah your funny
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rydfree41
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Usually if you are above them you will be fine . Birds can't rise to attack very well but they certainly can dive quickly . Nice shot .
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NoSale
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One of the best videos of nature I've seen on this forum was a hawk in flight riding the thermals.  I understand the concern, but the flash of a glimpse you got was really incredible, and as indicated by others, I really don't think there is much to be concerned about.  If you aren't threatening a nesting area, you're probably ok flying in the vicinity of a hawk.  Being in flight and around the same size, I don't think it to be possible to look like prey.  A larger bird of prey might be different, but not a hawk.

If I get the opportunity, I'm sticking with taking video as long as possible.

Thanks for sharing......
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un hombre
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Thanks for all the feedback, guys!

From perspective I think you may be right - there was probably no real concern for the Mavic, however...
I was far away from the Mavic, I was not able to judge what is the hawk up to. In fact I only noticed the bird when it was in the camera view. Because of those facts I did not want to take a risk of damaging my precious or injuring the beautiful fella.

If I am fortunate to have this kind of opportunity again, I will be more calm
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