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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. 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:

    AND SO IT BEGINS !!!

  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
    http://www.nearariver.com/learn-to-succeed-no-matter-what/

  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:

    Good!

  24. Regina says:

    Thank you to the Brave Eagles. Nature rules!

  25. Unknown says:

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

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

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. Unknown says:

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

  30. Unknown says:

    AHoooo!!!!

  31. Unknown says:

    This is only the beginning.

  32. Unknown says:

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

  33. Anonymous says:

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

  34. Unknown says:

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

  35. Unknown says:

    get out of my sky

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