That was close...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by adds21, 14 May 2010.

  1. adds21

    adds21 Rider of bikes

    North Somerset

    This morning, I was almost hit by... a kestrel! What an incredible sight. He flew right across my path, probably missing me by about 2 feet, and then processed to fly alongside me for what felt like a mile, but was probably 10 feet or so. What a way to start the day.

    I've had owls fly alongside me a couple of times, but that's always been at dusk (not that it's not still an incredible sight), but that's the first time I've seen a kestrel so close.
  2. upsidedown

    upsidedown Waiting for the great leap forward

    The middle bit
    That must have been amazing. I've also had the owl thing a couple of times which was brilliant.
  3. That sounds really cool :smile:; I've had a few fly close but I've never had one fly alongside me.

    This is about the closest I've got to a bird of prey in the wild, the camera doesn't do it justice it was actually more imppressive than that and the cam doesnt catch when it double back almost directly above my head.
  4. Vikeonabike

    Vikeonabike CC Neighbourhood Police Constable

    Got stuck at the level crossing I use on my commute. Had the pleasure of watching a Heron and a Kingfisher in the river very close to where I was sitting...Sun was shining...put a big smile on my face
  5. I've had a pigeon do the same...perhaps birds get some enjoyment from this (like dolphins on the bow of a boat).

    or perhaps they enjoy a good scalp just like the rest of us. :smile:
  6. Simba

    Simba Specialized Allez 24 Rider

    I'm jealous, I never see stuff like this. Only wild animal on my rides I've seen is a fox twice, probably the same one.
  7. benborp

    benborp Veteran

    further from Penge
    I've had owls alongside before, the things that get closest though are bats - often right in front of my face. They're so quick though that they've gone before I have time to react.
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I was dive-bombed on two separate occasions in Australia by Australian magpies (which are different from ours).

    I felt and heard the claws on my helmet :becool: on the second attack! SCARY! :smile:
  9. DrSquirrel

    DrSquirrel Guest

    We get various birds down here, but mostly buzzards but they tend to fly away sooner than not. Still nice to watch of course, got myself a monocular to carry with me :laugh:

    Just after 3 minutes, is the best i've had so far, sadly no helmet mount at the time.
  10. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    I was almost hit by a 4 by 4...that's the wild life around here.:laugh:
  11. I had to ask what they were when I was in Oz :rofl:
  12. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Nr Cambridge
    Twilight is great for all kinds of animals we just need to give them road training!
  13. Helly79

    Helly79 New Member

    What lovely sight, I guess they love the thermals you give off
  14. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    i've had buzzards fly with me. maybe you are right, maybe it is a "dolphin" thing. once when i was in my car waiting in a queue, a kestrel flew down and grabbed a mouse and then flew up straight across my windscreen. awesome!

    and talking of awesome, i'm going for my first canoe lesson on wednesday, because one day i want to be somewhere like this when something like this happens...

    51 seconds is the awesome bit.
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