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

  1. Blessed Mother Nature!!!

  2. Unknown says:

    A'Ho!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What are the drones used for?

  4. Unknown says:

    Warriors !!!

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

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

  7. Anonymous says:

    Go Eagles!

  8. Anonymous says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Dukesplc says:

    Yes Eagles....No Drones

  12. Anonymous says:

    KARMA! Thank you Mother Nature!

  13. Anonymous says:

    AND SO IT BEGINS !!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Ancestoral Spirits guarding Sacred Space...

  15. Lynn says:

    Gotta love Our Mother!!

  16. 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.

  17. Anonymous says:

    wonderful..... drones zero eagles 9

  18. Unknown says:

    Damn I love Eagles!!!!

  19. Unknown says:

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

  20. Nalissa says:

    Hooray for nature!!!

  21. BJ Rae says:

    This is awesome..I write about eagles for young kids and will remember this...
    BJ Rae, Author Near A River
    http://www.nearariver.com/learn-to-succeed-no-matter-what/

  22. 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.

  23. Unknown says:

    Nature over machines!! Go eagles!!

  24. Pirjo says:

    Good!

  25. Regina says:

    Thank you to the Brave Eagles. Nature rules!

  26. Unknown says:

    Just keep guarding the eagles! Don't take them out to protect your drones!

  27. Unknown says:

    So.... was that noise at the end the eagle? Did it get hurt? Does the company care...

  28. Anonymous says:

    They should equip the drones with missles, because if the drone is on a peaceful, or humanitarian mission, then the eagles need to leave it the hell alone. Drone with missles could perhaps just fire one at an eagle, just to scare it away. Seriously, think about it people. A person/s is lost, or stuck up in the mountains somewhere, or the outback or wherever, they need help, and nobody can locate them. That's where the drone comes in. All you animal lovers do not understand. Animals were created for the use of human beings, not the other way around. When animals die, that's it for them, there is no animal heaven where they can go if they were a good little doggie or kitty. Only human beings matter. Though i am not sayin that's a good reason to go out and torture them, because that kinda thing is wrong from any perspective. But when your country spends all these thousands of dollars on drones for specific reasons, whether it be humanitarian or nature-related, or trying to find the wreckage from a downed plane to check for survivors, what if the eagles attack them then huh? You people need to seriously think about what you're saying before you just start spouting all this animal-loving rhetoric. You dig?

  29. Anonymous says:

    THE MINING COMPANY WILL END UP DELIBERATELY KILLING ALL OF THE EAGLES. YOU JUST WATCH. NATURE TAKES LAST PLACE WHEN MONEY IS TO BE MADE. DAMN THE HUMANS. DRONES... NOTHING BUT BAD AND WHO IS TO FIGHT THEM AND RID US OF THEM. MORE TRASH UP THERE. SPYING EYES IN THE SKY... ANYWHERE, ANYONE... ANY TIME. AND DISRUPTIVE OF PLANE CONTROL TOWERS.

  30. Unknown says:

    Well done eagles, continue protecting your air space and hunting area against all invaders.

  31. Unknown says:

    AHoooo!!!!

  32. Unknown says:

    This is only the beginning.

  33. Unknown says:

    Gold mining, why are they using drones? go eagles i say your invading their airspace

  34. Anonymous says:

    A bit dumb to make the UAV look like a bird and increasing the chance of attack.

  35. Unknown says:

    Looks like an invasion of Eagle space to me. Very interesting post. They are taking out the invaders....

  36. Unknown says:

    get out of my sky

  37. Anonymous says:

    To the person who said "Animals are for human use", you have the compassion of a gnat. But consider that 10 drones have been invading these eagle's territory and how many people have gone missing in that time. Time for you to get your head out of your bible and start looking at the planet that gives you life. Not as in food but as in the air, water, usable land and for all the animals that call this home, not just you.

  38. Unknown says:

    Those drones were not on a rescue mission...they belonged to a mining company anxiously looking forward to ripping up our planet. I salute you, EAGLES !!! <3

  39. baztec says:

    Oh yes...majestic ....good move eagles

  40. Awesome. Big love to EAGLES.
    And miners - we're watching.
    These beautiful birds are protected. If they go missing - you'll have hell to pay.

  41. Unknown says:

    From my point of view the company is getting what it deserves for the fake covering on the drones. If it is going to cover them it should be in red the way Nature uses it for warning don't eat me. Eagles have extremely sharp vision and they certainly are not fooling any of the eagles with the getup.

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