Christopher Schmidt was flying his Phantom FC40 drone in Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Mass., this month when a hawk took exception to the violation of its airspace.
The hawk swooped in, talons first, and knocked the quadcopter out of the sky.
The Phantom’s video camera was running, and recorded the encounter. The resulting video went viral, bringing it millions of views on Youtube:
Schmidt says he throttled down to avoid hurting the incoming bird, and said the hawk did not appear to be injured in the collision. And neither did the drone or its GoPro Hero 3+ Black camera, which kept running after hitting the ground.