Out to get me

On a recent local flight I was taxiing out to the runway about to get on Alpha when I noticed a rather large creature on the taxiway ahead of me. I slowed and as I approached it I saw that it was a turkey buzzard. He (?) waited until I got fairly close before he took off, full grown their wing span can easily be 5-6 feet across. I let the tower know it was in the vicinity. After flying for about 45 minutes I returned to the airport. I was turning base to final when two large red tailed hawks flashed under my left wing, I then saw a turkey buzzard just off the final approach course. All of these birds were well positioned for "close" encounters on the regular pattern courses, between 300 and 400 AGL. I again let the tower know that we had more birds.

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  • edited August 3
  • What a great pic! Beautiful bird. :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
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  • I've found that birds tend to dive to get out of the way. A hard turn is best if you see it soon enough. That thing is so big it should have ADS-B anyway!!
    Austin

  • Roger that, Austin. If the bird is in rule airspace it should be squawking!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

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