02 Nov '11, 6pm

Birdstrike! Paraglider entangles White-rumped Vulture over the Himalayas

Birdstrike! Paraglider entangles White-rumped Vulture over the Himalayas

Vladimir Tsarkov goes on his maiden flight as a paraglider and surprises a pair of vultures over the Himalayas – his helmet camera captures the incident dramatically! The birds look to be White-rumped Vultures (Gyps bengalensis ) from the underwing pattern : The vultures were likely to have been soaring and struggled to manouever out of his way. The lower elevation vulture dives below the paraglider and escapes. Paragliding involves “sitting in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.” So ironically, Vladimir Tsarkov was soaring, just like the vultures. Well, the other vulture tried to rise above the paraglider and got entangled in the rig. The aerodynamic surface compromised, he, or rather they, st...

Full article: http://otterman.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/birdstrike-parag...

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