Diving for the kill: Drone’s camera captures the moment a huge falcon attacked it at 2,300 feet, sending the plane down to Earth
- Saker Falcon dives in on drone as it flies over Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula
- Bird grabs the device with claws before the device falls to the floor
- It then inspects the remote controlled object before flying away from the scene
- The images were taken by cameraman Ilya B, 32, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
This is when a hungry falcon launched an attack on a drone and sent it in crash to the ground.
The dramatic attack at 2,300 feet was captured on the drone’s cameras and shared by its pilot Ilya B, 32.
Footage shows the Saker falcon leaping at the remote-controlled device as it flies over a remote spot on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia.
The rare bird of prey then grabs the drone in its talons before returning it to Earth.
The rare Saker Falcon is shown in close-up as it flies in on the drone flying over the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia
The rare bird of prey makes several attempts to capture the remote-controlled device
During the clip, the falcon dives towards the camera and grabs it by its claws.
The bird then drops the drone to the ground and lands next to the remote-controlled device to inspect it before flying away from the scene after hearing it beep.
Ilya, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, described how he later found his drone using GPS coordinates from his VCR.
He said, ‘A falcon thief stole my drone. The falcon dragged the plane into a swamp, so I had to search for it using GPS coordinates from the DVR record.
‘I was descending, the altitude was about 700 meters.
“I just thought, ‘Wow, a bird!'” and the next moment I was shocked. I turned off the drone.’
“It was fortunate that the bird was not injured by the rotors,” he added.
The powerful bird grabs the device with its claws before bringing it back to the ground and inspecting it
The images were recorded at the end of last year, but have only now come out.
Saker falcons are the second largest falcon species in the world after the gyrfalcon and are commonly found in the semi-desert and forest regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The raptors are between 18 and 22 inches long (45-57 cm) and have a wingspan of up to 50 inches (126 cm).
Their variable plumage ranges from chocolate brown to a pale sand color, with stripes on their chest.
The falcon, which can reach up to 200 mph when hunting for prey, is the national bird of Hungary, the United Arab Emirates and Mongolia.
They are highly valued and Russia has stepped up its efforts to protect them from poachers supplying Arab sheikhs.