While humans talk and debate about how to deal with problems surrounding drones, birds take a more straightforward approach: dive bomb anything that looks like a threat. This eagle in Australia has launched the latest attack on the invasive species, successfully taking out a reconnaissance drone from Melbourne Aerial Video.
At first, the wedge-tailed eagle is just a speck in the distance, but by the time you notice it, it’s already too late. The eagle is fearless, flying straight at the drone with claws outstretched. While the camera remains functional, the drone plummets out of the sky, spinning dizzyingly before coming to rest on the forest floor, broken and alone.
Drone operators should heed this pilot’s warning: “If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land. I have added this to my operating procedure.”