HT: Karen L. Myers.
The UAE National reports that a falcon recently brought down a drone in a back garden in Dubai.
A drone enthusiast was brought back down to earth when his gadget was attacked by a bird of prey.
The remote-controlled device was flying above Jumeirah Park when it encountered a falcon.
The bird, possibly mistaking the rotor-powered drone as an adversary or a meal, locked its talons into the device and took it down in front of an astonished onlooker.
Lukas Franciszek, from Poland, was out for a stroll last week with his wife and 16-month-old baby when he saw the drone hovering.
â€œWe looked up and there was a drone, and I told my wife that we should move away,â€ said the resident of four years.
â€œWe walked two or three metres and then heard a whizzing noise and a thump. As I turned around, I saw the drone going down and a bird right after it.â€
The drone crashed into the garden of an elderly Arab woman, whom Mr Franciszek approached to notify of the incident.
â€œShe didnâ€™t speak English very well, so she telephoned her husband, and he asked me to check out the situation,â€ said Mr Franciszek.
â€œWe walked in, and we saw the drone on the ground but no bird was in sight. However, when I came close, I saw a big bird sitting on a plant pot and realised it was a falcon.
â€œI was looking at the bird, it was looking at me. We had a little stare-off.â€
As Mr Franciszek approached the drone, the falcon rushed and perched on the device.
â€œHe was looking at me as if to tell me: â€˜Hey, back off. This is mine. I hunted itâ€™,â€ he said.
Mr Franciszek then took a photo of the bird, which he later posted on social media.
The owner of the drone arrived and said that the falcon, which was tagged, did not belong to him.
It is not clear to whom the falcon belonged but social media users who commented on Mr Franciszekâ€™s picture said it belongs to a Dubai man.
Eventually, the falcon flew away, leaving Mr Franciszek and the others dumbfounded by the bizarre events.
Hat tip to Matt MacLean.