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Having had a June bug hit a testicle while riding a motorcycle



mmmm

How did you manage to do that?



The bug was flying at the perfect height at right angles to my direction of travel, coming from the left. I was going just slow enough and it was going just fast enough to clear the forks, tank and what have you and be in the way of my crotch.

I saw it coming (BIG bug) in my peripheral vision, and wasn't able to do much about it before it happened.

The pain was exquisite.


Blue skies,

Winsor

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Just caught a portion of the Animal Planet and the highest flying bird is the Griffin(sp?) vulture with a documented engine strike on an A/C at 37 thousand feet. The birds use thermals to gain altitude and just keep going and going all while looking for food.
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We have many bald eagles around our dz. We land in Farmer McNasty's field -- and I have seen as many as 12 blad eagles in flight above the fields during my canopy ride. A breeding pair have a nest in one of the big trees beside the landing field, and I have flown over it and seen Mama or Papa eagle in itseveral times. It is VERY cool fly canopy with the eagles in the air nearby.



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About this falcon from a balloon thing... I saw the TV report on this stunt, and the voice-over guy really made me laugh when he pointed out that "Lady" the falcon was traveling faster than a cheater on her way down after the Tandem with the lure. I hate to argue with the guy, but I'm sure a cheater thrown out of a balloon at 10,000 AGL would be going just as fast (but maybe not such a pretty landing!)...

I'll be back when I have something useful to contribute...

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I flushed a large covey of quail right about flare time. Scared the crap outta me. Didn't help the landing much either.
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I read this post a couple of years ago and realised the birds in my area didn't fly so high.

Now I am in east africa, there are many marabou, these things are ugly and huge, they thermal to heights higher than our plane will climb.

What are the chances of a collision? it doesn't stop me from jumping, but they would do some damage. A large male Marabou Stork, standing up to 1.5 m tall and weighing nearly 9 kg, is one of the largest flying birds in the world.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Birds/Facts/FactSheets/fact-maraboustork.cfm

I have flown with them under canopy and i have seen them at well over 5000'agl, they can get much higher than that but generally closer to Mt, Kilimanjaro where that land is also high.
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I think the chances are very, very slim (but not zero). I think that in all the world there have been maybe two bird strikes in the history of skydiving. I am not counting the time my teammated got bird-pooped in the air.

-- Jeff
My Skydiving History

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Here's one for ya. A few years back I was flying a 182 doing night jumps. Coming down I hit a bird at 5,000 ft....dead on my windscreen which didn't break, but left a blood and guts trail over the top of the plane..:o

so ah, yep they are there and at night......:S


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Was leading a tracking dive on my back when I notice something briefly passing my right shoulder and just missing someone chasing on their belly. I figured something came off my gear or someone's gear. Once on the ground no body was missing any items. Frame by frame video showed a blurred image of a small bird I had stuck at approximately 5000ft. No blood or feather to be found on my rig though.

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