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Video of me trying to save a red tail hawk with spark

ddeanl77

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I just happened to catch a glimpse of this big, beautiful red tail hawk, caught up in a tree, tangled up in some fishing line.

I also just happened to have my spark in the vehicle.

I knew it was a long shot, but I was hoping I could maybe use the props to cut the line, and free the bird. (Those props sure did a swell job of slicing open my thumb one time, so I think it was possible!)

I got a couple of good hits at the line, but the last hit completely broke off one of my props, so then there was nothing besides the crash. At least I didn't end up in the creek!

It is still a pretty good video, of a very unusual situation, so I thought I would share.

PS: I did eventually get the bird cut down, but it sure took a lot more time, and a crazy amount of effort. . .

and then, the bird had to take a ride with a game warden. I just hope its ok.


 

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Hello from the Hoosier Heartland ddeanl77.

Nice effort. :)

I occasionally fly my Spark along a creek and before each flight in the area, I scan the area for fishing line hanging from the branches.

I call them the invisible threads of death.

Welcome to the Forum. :cool:
 

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That was a gallant effort on your part. I hope your Spark was undamaged other than a broken prop. And I'm glad to know that the hawk was rescued in the end.
 
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Speaking as a Spark pilot who has also sliced the top of his thumb off I know just what you’re talking about. But the props are no match for what I presume was fishing line. Although I am in the UK, my wife and I visit the fab US Naples FL every year and I marvel at the beautiful array of birds there (I presume you are in the US?). The red tailed hawk is an absolute favourite of mine so from a grateful British birder, thank you for your efforts and for posting this. Valiant work and hope the hawk survived to grace the skies again.
 

ddeanl77

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Yes. I am in the US. Tennessee to be exact.

Thank you guys for the compliments.

I am just glad I found somewhere to share the video where it would be appreciated.
 

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I just happened to catch a glimpse of this big, beautiful red tail hawk, caught up in a tree, tangled up in some fishing line.

I also just happened to have my spark in the vehicle.

I knew it was a long shot, but I was hoping I could maybe use the props to cut the line, and free the bird. (Those props sure did a swell job of slicing open my thumb one time, so I think it was possible!)

I got a couple of good hits at the line, but the last hit completely broke off one of my props, so then there was nothing besides the crash. At least I didn't end up in the creek!

It is still a pretty good video, of a very unusual situation, so I thought I would share.

PS: I did eventually get the bird cut down, but it sure took a lot more time, and a crazy amount of effort. . .

and then, the bird had to take a ride with a game warden. I just hope its ok.


That was very brave of you and your Spark! Poor hawk.
 
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I just happened to catch a glimpse of this big, beautiful red tail hawk, caught up in a tree, tangled up in some fishing line.

I also just happened to have my spark in the vehicle.

I knew it was a long shot, but I was hoping I could maybe use the props to cut the line, and free the bird. (Those props sure did a swell job of slicing open my thumb one time, so I think it was possible!)

I got a couple of good hits at the line, but the last hit completely broke off one of my props, so then there was nothing besides the crash. At least I didn't end up in the creek!

It is still a pretty good video, of a very unusual situation, so I thought I would share.

PS: I did eventually get the bird cut down, but it sure took a lot more time, and a crazy amount of effort. . .

and then, the bird had to take a ride with a game warden. I just hope its ok.


That was an awesome attempt! Good for you!
 

Red Rider

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Kudos to you for the drone attempt as well as sticking with it until the task was accomplished. Well done.
 

Zojoclo1

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Wow that you don’t see everyday. As an animal lover it’s awesome to see a person such as yourself risking potential damage (other than props) to your drone to free a helpless beautiful red
tailed hawk. You’re a hero because you pulled no stops to get that bird to safety even though the line wasn’t freed by your drone. Good job!
 

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Yes. I am in the US. Tennessee to be exact.

Thank you guys for the compliments.

I am just glad I found somewhere to share the video where it would be appreciated.

Yes, that was courageous of you! You are a true #SparkHero
 

Gduk

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Incredible, well done.
You must feel great.
I am not one for any mumbo jumbo but the oldet I get I do feel something of Karma, the better you help the better for you.
Proof, on video that human beings dont always kill everything we see!
I am sure the bird will tell his chicklets (i made that up i think) he was once close to death and a UFO saved his life!
 
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ddeanl77

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"UFO saved his life!"
Ha! That's good!

Thanks guys, for all the nice words. I definitely picked the right place to share the video.
You guys are great!
 

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This is really an amazing video and a fantastic rescue in the end. Good job!
 

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