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Close encounter between an ‘io (Hawaiian hawk) and quadcopter drone

A Hawaiian ‘io hawk decided to check out the quadcopter drone today as it was flying around, testing out some automated takeoff and landing.

The ‘io first circled the rising drone a couple times and then came in close enough for the cheap camera on the drone to capture a closeup image.  I then turned the drone’s camera to face the gulch trees as the ‘io landed in them.

It was a short, exciting encounter — I wasn’t sure what to expect from the ‘io.  Would the hawk attack the drone or just inspect it? In the end the ‘io landed in the trees and preened, apparently satisfied that the drone was harmless.