Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Attack Strategies in Trained Birds of Prey
Final rept. 1 Oct 2011-30 Sep 2014
OXFORD UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF ZOOLOGY
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The aim of this research was to analyse the strategies used by two species of birds of prey peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus and Harris hawks Parabuteo unicinctus during air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks, from the perspective of guidance and control. This was done experimentally for three test cases 1. Peregrine attacks on targets thrown to the ground by a falconer 2. Harris hawk attacks on targets towed over the ground at high speed along a zigzagging course of pulleys 3. Peregrine attacks on targets towed through the air by a maneuvering remotely piloted air vehicle. We used onboard GPS loggers or high-speed video cameras to provide accurate measurements of the instantaneous position of the bird and its target typically 0.05m error, and used ground- based video cameras and onboard video cameras to provide qualitative recordings of head, wing, or tail movements.
- Navigation and Guidance