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Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Sat, Jul 05 2008, 11:17 PM
by Jeepster
Had a very neat experience today. The winds were out of the east, so for the first time I went to my R/C field to try it out for kite flying. Winds are generally from the west and there are trees along that side, so most of the time it's not good for kite flying.

As soon as I was airborne, a swallow came out of the trees and started flying along with my kite. It would chase my kite to one side of the wind window and when I would turn, it would race in front of the kite to the other side of the wind window. It played along with me for about ten minutes before I decided to land. Once I landed, it flew to a nearby post and landed also. As soon as I took off again, it also took off and continued to play around my kite. This went on for another ten minutes until a hawk started up the tree line. Then it joined it's mates and proceeded to harass the hawk until it left. The swallow never came back after chasing off the hawk.

Again, it was a neat experience that really made my day. Is this common? Has anyone else seen this happen? We fly R/C planes there all the time and they neither bother us nor do we bother them ... the swallows fly onto and around the field all the time while we're flying. But never have they decided that they wanted to play with the planes. Maybe the berries are ripe, cuz this bird was just plain funny.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Sun, Jul 06 2008, 12:18 AM
by Knoted4ever
When i fly my dualies, i experience a good number of birds that hover to watch; hawks and eagles, especially for some reason, really get mesmerized with the kites. Sometimes, when i fly in the immediate Kankakee area, bald eagles hang around and check out the kite for quite some time.

Seems like you had an individual bird that was extremely playful; or it may have been a breeding bird trying to divert you away from its breeding territory. i have pet birds and they all have their own individual personalities.

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Sun, Jul 06 2008, 01:33 AM
by Frodos Majik
I cannot say that I have ever had that kind of experience. The only thing that I have had with birds is some times they dont see the kite line till they almost hit it. Sounds like a very kwel experience Tom.

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Sun, Jul 06 2008, 06:41 AM
by Mike
that's new to me too, Tom. Pretty cool.

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Thu, Jul 10 2008, 07:33 PM
by Knoted4ever
After writing to you about the birds, Tom... the next day or so i went out and flew for a bit. A large hawk was hovering around a lot. After a while it saw that i was looking up at it. Then a bit later, when i lost track of it, i figured that it positioned itself in the direction of the sun (making it more difficult for me to see it); sure enough, that's where it was. Later, a large Turkey Vulture came around and checked out the kite for some time. It was solitary... which is a bit unusual for Turkey Vultures. They are indiginous to Kansas, where i used to live for a few years; they are now expanding their range (kind of like the way 4-line fliers are).

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Fri, Jul 11 2008, 10:08 AM
by Jeff
Knoted4ever wrote: They are indiginous to Kansas, where i used to live for a few years; they are now expanding their range (kind of like the way 4-line fliers are).

When we start circling our kites over your head, you'll get the message. :lol:

Re: Kite Flying Is For The Birds ...

Posted: Tue, Jul 15 2008, 08:31 PM
by Knoted4ever
Jeff wrote:When we start circling our kites over your head, you'll get the message. :lol:



You carnivorous buzzards :revspin: enjoy devouring rotten or dead flesh... don't deny it!