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Old 10-29-2011, 09:07 PM
N111BN N111BN is offline
 
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I was flying this morning North East of San Francisco when I had a bird strike - or to be more acurate a Duck strike. It happened in slow motion - I remember watching it look at me and turn to avoid me, I did the same but it didn't work out. I had a new GoPro video camera mounted on the wing, shooting at 120 frames per second (to give slow motion video). From the video it looks like the duck goes through the propellor arc, but misses the blades.
When I got back to CCR I told the tower I had a bird strike even though the airplane was flying fine. The thud of the bird sounded like it came from the back so I was worried about tail or landing gear damage. The fire truck rolled, the FAA and NTSB called - now I am filling out paper work!!


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Stay safe - especially if flying low down with the birds and ducks!!
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:11 PM
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Glad you saw the bird in time. Next time, pull harder! ;-)
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:36 PM
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really glad you are okay. big birds put me on edge when flying...
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:00 PM
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Not that is makes any difference, but judging from he video I think it is a hawk you hit.

Either way, glad you are okay.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:10 PM
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Makes you wanna declare WAR in ducks AND hawks because of all the trouble! Might even throw pigeons into the mix for good measure.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:10 PM
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Not that is makes any difference, but judging from he video I think it is a hawk you hit.

Either way, glad you are okay.
Second that - on both counts!
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:15 PM
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Thanks all. It might be a hawk - I thought I saw web feet on the video though. I might send the feathers and blood to the FAA - they will identify the bird for you.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:42 PM
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Default maybe a hawk

Nice reflexes, that could have been nasty for both of you. Nice video, too.

Good enough video that I think you can identify the species and the sex. Looks like a male Northern Harrier (the military Harrier borrowed its name because they both can hover). Used to be called a Marsh Hawk, so you were over the right habitat.

At :15 as it begins to roll away from you, you can see it has a white belly and underwings, with dark wingtips. Like this: http://shuttersalt.com/sites/default...rrier-1804.jpg

And at :30 just before it passes your prop you can see its back, with a white rump patch, like this: http://ridgefieldbirds.com/Images08F...t_02-03-08.jpg

They are great graceful flyers, spending a lot of time flying low and slow just over the marsh, hunting for anything from mice to ducks. Males weigh around 3/4 pound, or a third as much as a mallard. They will soar up higher sometimes for a wider view; that didn't work out too well this time.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:42 AM
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Yesterday I glanced down to check engine temps and such. My wife called "Bird" and I looked up just in time to see and eagle go over my right wingtip at about 15' above me. We were at 3500' at low cruise (about 150 mph.) I don't care how majestic eagles are--it almost scared the **** out of me. Glad you didn't take the duck in the windscreen.

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Old 10-30-2011, 08:09 AM
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Thanks all. It might be a hawk - I thought I saw web feet on the video though. I might send the feathers and blood to the FAA - they will identify the bird for you.
I'm just glad you are okay.

Being a student of birds (birds lit the "spark" for me) i was watching the way the bird's wings folded and how he reacted to change his flight. Ducks don't do that, only birds of prey.

What is the plan of attack for repairs?

BTW, that was good thinking to get the emergency response guys rolling. They don't mind, and you could have had damage that would have caused a dad landing or had a fuel fuel leak from the bird strike. Good thinking in a pressure situation.
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