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Old Sep 5, 2007, 7:46 PM   #1
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While I was shooting hawks in an open field, this thing was stalking me. It circled around me, flew overhead a number of times, and wouldn't leave me alone for well over an hour.


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Old Sep 5, 2007, 7:46 PM   #2
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If you think I'm exaggerating, that shot wasn't a crop. Here's a 100% crop:


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Old Sep 5, 2007, 7:51 PM   #3
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maybe the pilots were photographing you! Neat-o!
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Old Sep 6, 2007, 7:50 AM   #4
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While I was shooting hawks in an open field, this thing was stalking me. It circled around me, flew overhead a number of times, and wouldn't leave me alone for well over an hour.
I think I'd have been tempted to proudly display my collection of Lawn-Darts. :-)

Edit: I figured I'd better put a 'smiley' on this, just in case the Department of Homeland Security decides to knock on my door. ... or worse, the Consumer Product Safety Commission!
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Old Sep 6, 2007, 11:35 AM   #5
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Nice shots of the blimp. Did you ever figure out what he was doing. If you knew where it was based, you could go talk to the pilot or crew. Maybe he/they were also shooting the hawks.

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Shot!!

I have watched these things in action before, It is amazing how maneuverable they actually are.

I hope it did not scare the hawks.

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Old Sep 6, 2007, 1:05 PM   #7
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Not sure the darts would have made it that far without the use of some sort of slingshot, and even then I wouldn't want to be firing those things directly overhead... they have to come down somewhere.

The field I was in was a roughly rectangular area enclosed by a wall of trees, probably similar in dimensions to a large football stadium. My guess is that the pilot was getting some practice in for the start of the football season.

I don't think it scared the hawks... This was the second time this year that I was able to get very close to a Red Tailed Hawk without it flying off. My current avatar is a crop of one of the photos I took.
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get out the bb gun
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A BB gun wouldn't hurt that thing one bit. I don't think a high-powered rifle would hurt it unless it hit a fuel tank or engine. The helium gas is contained in bags inside the outer skin. Since helium isn't flammable, the only danger from hitting a helium bag is creating a leak resulting a slow loss of lift.

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