Red-tailed hawks confront drone illegally flying in park

Two red-tailed hawks gave a drone flying around Prospect Park a real bird’s eye view, scaring the operators of the device so much they brought it down to the ground.

Avid bird watcher Robert Bate, who is the president of the Brooklyn Bird Club witnessed the feathered confrontation last Wednesday when a group of guys were illegally flying the drone around Nethermead, a big green space in the middle of the park.

He started to pay attention when he heard the cry of the hawks just seconds after the whining of a drone above him.

“[The hawks] started circling above and around the drone and they went into a stoop position, and were descending on the drone,” the 65-year-old Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident said. “The drone operators perhaps saw the birds coming and wisely brought the drone down.”

After years of birding, Bate said he is sure the hawks were getting ready to attack.

“They recognize it as a predator and are probably confused about it.” Bate said.

Dr. Hans Mumm