Wedge-tailed eagles do battle with mining giant's drones, knocking nine out of sky. Eagles and drones have been battling for the skies above Western Australia.

Currently it’s the birds of prey that are winning after taking out nine of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The Trimble UX5 drones belong to mining company Gold Fields, which has been using them to survey St Ives since 2014.

The wedge-tailed eagle has a two metre wingspan and is a protected species.

Ten UAVs have been lost since South Africa's Gold Fields, the world's seventh-biggest gold producer, began operating the Trimble UX5 systems at its St Ives operations near Kambalda.

One crashed as a result of human error, while nine have been taken down by wedge-tailed eagles, which are known to have wingspans more than twice that of the 1-metre-wide UAVs.

The UAVs are constructed from foam and carbon fibre, and fly at an altitude of about 125 metres, reaching speeds of up to 92km/h.

Photo: This photo was taken by an eagle that had hold of a UAV as another eagle was coming in to attack. Credit: Rick Steven


Responses to "Eagles Attack And Destroy Nine Mining Giant's Drones"

  1. Blessed Mother Nature!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What are the drones used for?

  3. Warriors !!!

  4. Go Eagles, and I don't mean the sports team!

  5. One for the eagles
    Or should I just say NINE for the eagles?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Go Eagles!

  7. Anonymous says:

    well if you make it look like a bird! what do you expect?? it's called protecting it's area

  8. Anonymous says:

    Painting your drone to look like a bird was probably not the smartest idea when invading the territory of a bird with a 6 foot Wong span.

  9. ALANSEDU says:

    Considero que si el avance de la ciencia con los drones y cámaras, invaden la intimidad, la seguridad y el entorno de la privacidad, deben acudir a que sean atrapados, destruidos y si las águilas, cuervos, arpías son los indicados adelante.

  10. Dukesplc says:

    Yes Eagles....No Drones

  11. Anonymous says:

    KARMA! Thank you Mother Nature!

  12. Anonymous says:


  13. Anonymous says:

    Ancestoral Spirits guarding Sacred Space...

  14. Lynn says:

    Gotta love Our Mother!!

  15. charla47 says:

    maybe if they did not paint them to look like a bird they would have more luck, eagles do not like to have their space invaded.

  16. Anonymous says:

    wonderful..... drones zero eagles 9

  17. Unknown says:

    Damn I love Eagles!!!!

  18. Unknown says:

    Wish we could get some of these eagles to take down USA's predator drones over in the middle east!

  19. Nalissa says:

    Hooray for nature!!!

  20. BJ Rae says:

    This is awesome..I write about eagles for young kids and will remember this...
    BJ Rae, Author Near A River

  21. Anonymous says:

    It does look like a bird but so what? Poor eagle must know that a mining company will rip up the land they call home. Go eagle.

  22. Unknown says:

    Nature over machines!! Go eagles!!

  23. Pirjo says:


  24. Regina says:

    Thank you to the Brave Eagles. Nature rules!

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