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Parachuting with Hawks
November 10, 2011 8:25 PM   Subscribe

Parachuting with hawks (slyt)
posted by Pants! (31 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Pretty cool. You might also enjoy the hawk's perspective on flight.
posted by vidur at 8:32 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


DO NOT WADSWORTH THIS ONE.
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:38 PM on November 10, 2011


How cool. We've watched hawks hovering effortlessly, watching humans hang gliding right past them before.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:43 PM on November 10, 2011


Very cool, thanks. Not to nitpick, but technically that was paragliding with hawks.

Skydiving with a falcon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk
posted by aturoff at 8:44 PM on November 10, 2011


Shortly after I soloed in gliders, I spent about 15 minutes sharing a couple of a thermals with a hawk over the AZ desert, in a Schweitzer 2-33. The hawk was definitely the higher-performing aircraft, of the two of us, but it was one of the more memorable moments of my life. Paragliders scare me something fierce, but I may have to put this on my bucket list.
posted by Alterscape at 8:52 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Doesn't always go so well.
posted by Grimgrin at 8:58 PM on November 10, 2011 [14 favorites]


Skydiving with a falcon

+∞ for My Side of the Mountain reference.
posted by cmoj at 8:58 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


KLAUS
KLAUS
KLAUS
WHAT ARE YOU DOING UP HERE
posted by Edogy at 9:13 PM on November 10, 2011 [11 favorites]


Perry, shooting with hawks
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:15 PM on November 10, 2011


First reaction: really cool, I wanna fly around and have magnificent birds join me and share my joy. Nature and freedom and wind. Neat!

But when I watched it again, it looked the birds were just looking for some chow. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it. Look at the :30 second mark, where Bro Cool holds out his hand and a gorgeous bird seemingly alights to his hand. On a second look, that bird is seemingly thinking, "Hey an outstretched hand! There might be food... oh. Shit." Right at :31, you can see the bird throw a glance at the guy. "Hey! What the hell man! Where's the nom?"

At 1:30, it's clear the bird is coming to find some food in the guy's hand. I think this would only occur if these guys went up there with lots of Happy Hawk Hunks of Chunk, acclimated them to finding chow in their outstretched hands, and then edited in the cool-looking parts.

Also, can those birds see the wires holding up those paraglider chute thingies?
posted by Drewstre at 9:28 PM on November 10, 2011


... it looked like the birds ...
posted by Drewstre at 9:31 PM on November 10, 2011


But when I watched it again, it looked the birds were just looking for some chow.

I just assumed that the birds are trained, not wild.

But I was wondering about the wires too.
posted by vidur at 9:42 PM on November 10, 2011


Yeah it's clearly a trained bird & that's how you train them, by feeding them. So no surprise there. I hope he did get a kick out of the novelty of moving through the air without needing to fly though.
posted by scalefree at 9:51 PM on November 10, 2011


Yeah, I was also concerned about wires.

Also thinking that it must be weird for a bird to try to land on a moving platform? That never comes up in nature does it?
posted by empath at 9:52 PM on November 10, 2011


A hawk's vision is vastly superior to ours. If we can see the wires, so can the hawk.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:54 PM on November 10, 2011


There is a pair of Swainson's hawks that nest in one of my trees, I've had some very good up close and personal demonstrations of their acrobatics.
posted by the_artificer at 9:55 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


See, I was going to be much snarkier, like "Yes, the raptors are know for their poor vision."
posted by Edogy at 9:56 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also thinking that it must be weird for a bird to try to land on a moving platform? That never comes up in nature does it?

I'd imagine it might be similar to when they catch prey running along the ground.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:59 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


From the title I feared this would be about dropping behind the lines in I-ran with Ollie North, but actually it was good viewing.
posted by Abiezer at 10:07 PM on November 10, 2011


They are feeding/treating the hawks in flight, and that is a falconer's glove. See the first landing at 0:23-0:24. These are trained/kept birds.

The landing on a moving platform is somewhat strange to the hawk, you can see them adapting to the wind flow by keeping their wings out for the most part as though they were half flying and half perching, but it's nothing they can't deal with. They crash land on moving trees in high winds, dive into prey in the air or on the land or even under water just fine.

Some raptors also joust in mid-air and do crazy things like lock feet and dive at the ground while pinwheeling together, playing chicken with the gravity.

So, they're in little to no danger here, and well within their element and abilities. It's not likely that they'll get tangled with the canopy lines. They're very smart, tough and agile animals.

I'd be more worried about the hawks getting bored. "Comon', puny human! You move like a drunken yak! Let's see some dives or snap rolls! You couldn't find a good thermal if it singed your tail feathers!"
posted by loquacious at 10:14 PM on November 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


"Comon', puny human! You move like a drunken yak! Let's see some dives or snap rolls! You couldn't find a good thermal if it singed your tail feathers!"

Maybe so, feathered one, but I'm not seeking chow from your splayed talons...
posted by Drewstre at 10:33 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Doesn't always go so well.

"Alive! Fine! EAGLE!!" is my new catch-phrase as of now.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:40 PM on November 10, 2011


If I could get my cat to express as much affection as these hawks I would be very happy.
posted by quadog at 1:24 AM on November 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Doesn't always go so well.

Have captions on.
posted by Anything at 4:24 AM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also that's nothing I've been jumping off some pallets with chickens.
posted by Anything at 4:43 AM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, wow, grimgrin's link is amazing!
posted by Kattullus at 4:45 AM on November 11, 2011


Yeah, my experience flying with hawks is a lot less pleasant. Being on short final at 65mph, 100' over the ground, when a dumbass bird goes flying right in front of my plane. It's the aerial equivalent of a deer running in front of your car and is a bit terrifying, not a lot you can do. It's particularly bad during goose migrations because a lot of airports are near wetlands and geese are really big. Fortunately birds have a reasonable self preservation instinct and a lot of maneuverability, so mostly they get out of the way.
posted by Nelson at 7:06 AM on November 11, 2011


If you like grimgrin's link you might also enjoy the thread that went with it.
posted by Edogy at 3:33 PM on November 11, 2011


Wow, that post just slipped me by completely. The only thing that tells you what it is in the video is hidden away in the tags and the title field. It's like a textbook example of how to not draw attention to your post. I'm glad that I came across this video again, because it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen on YouTube.
posted by Kattullus at 3:44 PM on November 11, 2011


Parahawking in Nepal
posted by homunculus at 3:46 PM on November 11, 2011


L'homme et l'oiseau au Mont-Blanc
posted by homunculus at 3:47 PM on November 11, 2011


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