I was out flying our drone earlier, flying our pastures looking for calves. The drone was about a mile out, maybe a mile and a half and about 250'
feet above ground. I couldn't see it any longer. All of a sudden my world turned upside down. Alarms started going off. HOLY CRAP!! I'm under
Well, I personally wasn't under attack, but our drone was!
I chopped the throttle and descended about 50 feet and tried to stabilize things. Everything started to come around to normal, and I looked at where
I was on the GPS map, I turned towards home and made a full throttle B-line back to the house. Not 5 seconds later (BANG!) I got attacked again!
Then again..and again! WTH??????? I'd made it about a half mile back and I could see the lights on the drone then. I was over OUR property, and
there better be not be anybody on OUR property shooting at OUR drone!! Then I saw it...
The lights on the drone disappeared for a second, blacked out by a large dark shape. There was a giant hawk or a medium sized eagle attacking the
drone, dive bombing it. He hammered it again. DAMMIT!! Each time he'd knock the drone senseless and it would take a few seconds to re-orientate to
the GPS signals. I was losing altitude now...not good!
I got it stable for a couple seconds and mashed the throttle and climbed to nearly 350' feet, turned and made a dead run back towards the house. I
could see the hawk and he was circling (the drone only goes 45mph, that hawk probably can go 70mph or better). He was definitely after it. I cold
tell the noise was scaring him a little so I descended and ascended rapidly all the way back, The noise from the props made the hawk keep a little
distance (I'm sure he thought it was a bird, and an easy dinner). I'd stop, and start, really fast...this seemed to spook him too.
When I got a couple hundred yards from the house I lowered the drone to about 20' feet above the ground. The hawk still followed but kept his
distance when I got up close. Landed a little rough (two damaged props) and the drone flipped over, but I got it down in one piece. That damn hawk
bit off (or broke) one prop and chipped another. And now the gimbal on my camera is a little jacked up too. Not sure what's up with that, but gyros
don't seem to be working right now. When I accelerate I can see the drone (and I shouldn't be able to because it's motion compensated). I can also
see a leg now and then, and I shouldn't be able to see that either. This bird hit that drone HARD!! THREE times!
Kind of amazing the thing still was able to fly, and fly home even. I figured I was going to be headed out on the four wheeler to pick up pieces of
it for sure.
edit on 7/4/2017 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)