While drones can be used for good, they can also be used for nefarious purposes. A police program in The Netherlands has been training eagles to snatch threatening drones right out of the air. Apparently, they’re working on armor to protect the birds from more powerful rotors.
Bald eagles are incredibly beautiful and majestic, but we’d still be afraid they’d peck our eyeballs out (or worse) if we got too close. Not so for Alaskan fisherman Jessie Peck, as he tosses out some scraps of fish to a flock of the big birds.
(PG-13: Language) While on hiatus, John Oliver stopped by the Last Week Tonight set to record a brief public service announcement about our fine feathered friends. We’re guessing a pigeon pooped on his freshly pressed suit on his way to the studio.
While the proper way to play a record is with a needle, it turns out that other sharp objects will do the trick, if not quite as well. Michael Ridge puts some bird songs on his turntable, then played them with the beak from a seagull’s skull. The bird is the word.
A seagull spots another seagull moving in on its territory, and gives it a stern warning to keep away. The only problem is the other bird is just its reflection it a car’s shiny bumper cover. Guess you can’t expect too much from a brain the size of a pea.
A couple of cyclists were taking a training ride through the roads of Cape Town, South Africa, when an unexpected rival found its way onto the course. Apparently this ostrich was so hell-bent on chasing off the bike riders that it kept up at speeds up to 30mph.
Amusing footage of Bertha, the American Kestrel as she maintains the position of her head perfectly no matter how much her handler seems to move around. We’re thinking the scientific name for her species should be Steadifalcon.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. That’s the phrase that kept going through our minds after watching this brief clip of an owl who is apparently in a very relaxed state. We’d hate to see her on edge.
Princess Yellow Feather sounds like the name of a character from a family flick, and this amazon parrot knows how to sing Everything is Awesome from The LEGO Movie like a boss. Best comment: “Everything is awesome…when you live in a tree.”
Usually, woodpeckers tap away at trees to get some sap or bugs out of them, but it appears that this pileated ‘pecker spotted in New Brunswick, Canada has its sights set on chopping down and entire tree with its beak.
The owner of Lottie the African grey parrot has trained it to not only do an impression of James Bond’s classic introductory line, but to whistle the theme song afterwards. Also, this parrot has a license to kill.
A curious black crow decides to flaunt its stuff right in front of a webcam that was set up to capture the setup of the ice rink for the NHL Stadium Series at San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium. And no, it’s not a Baltimore Raven.
While the footage of this great horned owl taking a swim in Lake Michigan might appear to be a calming sight, there’s more to it than meets the eye – apparently the bird used this technique to escape from a pair of peregrine falcons.