Drones may be filling up the skies, but the glorious eagle will always reign supreme.
Australian drone pilot Adam Lancaster discovered this while flying his drone outside Melbourne when a wedge-tailed eagle came out of nowhere and knocked the thing out of the sky.
According to Lancaster, the massive eagle used its talons to "punch" the drone out of the sky before hovering overhead to "to make sure we had learned our lesson."
Drones are increasingly popular in the U.S., with the Consumer Electronic Association estimating that sales will reach some $300 million for about a million units by 2018 in the U.S. alone. But it's clear that the original kings of the sky won't let these flying, spying robots encroach on the turf: Birds have been attacking drones for years, and an eagle eviscerated a drone in March 2014.
While Lancaster's drone escaped with just $100 in damage, the pilot had a message for her fellow enthusiasts. "They clearly attack seeing you as a threat or the right sized dinner," he wrote on YouTube. "If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land."
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