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    Flying high

    Anybody seen this?
    An eagle nesting on top of a high rise in Brisbane.
    Pics refresh every 30 seconds, but I wonder if anybody in high places (pun intended) has allowed for the chicks waddling off the top? mallet
    Will it be a crash course in flying or a flying course in crashing?

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    That's a peregrine falcon, Alan, rather than an eagle. They often nest on high rises in Melbourne too.

    When I used to work for the Occ Health and Safety Commission, back in the early 1990's, we had a pair that often used to dive outside my window in Nauru House. They can hit a phenomenal speed in a dive.

    On another occasion , camped down at Cumberland River on the Great Ocean Road, we watched one for hours doing aerobatics down and up a cliff face. Mesmerising stuff. They make a formula 1 car's handling ability look second rate!

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    Hi all,

    I had a pet Little Falcon for a while years ago when I was living in Bathurst. We found in a paddock the O'Connell Pub, it had flown into a power line and had a buggered wing. It was taken to the vet and he did what he could, reckoned it'd never fly again. We used to shoot sparrows and black birds out the back yard with an air rifle to feed it. He became as tame as anything. We ended up giving it to the wildlife sanctuary on top of Mt. Panorama when we moved.

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    The family has begun to arrive; they really do have a room with a view.

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    Is there a naming competition for the chicks? Perhaps we could suggest Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Froggy? dance citroen_ peugeot_ renault_
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    I believe the peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet, traveling at up to 320km/h in a dive.
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    Brad:
    I believe the peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet, traveling at up to 320km/h in a dive.
    I reckon a snake could achieve a higher terminal velocity than a perigrine falcon if was dropped from a great height and adopted a "nose down straight bodied" position, Brad.

    Terminal velocity depends on mass and air resistance. I would think (and I'm only guessing) that a snake would be denser than a falcon, and that it would present less air resistance when dropping nose first. Therefore if a peregrine falcon drops a snake from a great height the snake should be able to prolong its life by adopting a straight bodied nose down position. That way the falcon won't be able to catch up.

    The snake will, of course, still have to worry about what to do about the rather solid planet that it is about to encounter at the end of its fall at a speed in excess of 320kph. I suspect it is unlikely to come up with a good answer before it hits the dirt! It may, however be worthy of a mention in the guiness book of animal records if it has previously arranged for adequate verification of its maximum velocity.



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    Just goes to prove - it ain't the fall that kills ya, it's the bloody sudden stop at the bottom!

    Perhaps they mean fastest as in it is able to do it more than once, which is what you generally have to do to prove some sort of record. tongue roll_lau
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    you guys are bored arn't you? i expect a much higher level of tac and clouded wit from such well learned regulars... don't forget the madatory ps - chris

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    pss, At work we have a hunting OWL that sits atop the hotel and takes care of sydneys CBD rodent problem, plus it catches rats.

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    Rod, perhaps you can enlighten us, as to how a snake can achieve the required altitude, to achieve the high terminal velocity.
    Unless of course the Falcon dropped it, that being the case, i doubt it would have the mass or the brain power, to stay straight pointing downward.
    Therefore iassume you're taking the mickey roll_lau as am I. roll_lau
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    Perhaps to quote/paraphrase Monty Python (something I seem to do too much, but it is appropriate here. The snake would not so fly, as plummet mallet roll_lau moon
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    Damien Gardner:
    Rod, perhaps you can enlighten us, as to how a snake can achieve the required altitude, to achieve the high terminal velocity.
    Unless of course the Falcon dropped it,
    Geez Damien, how else would it get up there!

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    that being the case, i doubt it would have the mass or the brain power, to stay straight pointing downward.:
    There are two ways of looking at this snake:

    1) It was scared stiff

    2) Its a snakey equivalent of Schroedinger's cat. How on earth could you possibly tell that it wasn't straight when its travelling more than 320kph from a vast height. Might as well be in a box with a file of arsenic (or was it cyanide)?

    And anyway , who said you need brains to stay straight? Ask a nail or Mary Whitehouse?

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    Therefore iassume you're taking the mickey roll_lau as am I. roll_lau
    If I had been "taking the mickey" it would have been a rodent in freefall, rather than a snake.

    You know it makes sense.

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    [/Quote] Geez Damien, how else would it get up there!

    Well if it was the king Brown I got me legs tangled up in a couple of years ago, it was when I did the bloody Can-Can & high kicked it there... dance dance

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    I've started wondering whether a mullet (stunned or otherwise) might have even more speed potential than the snake!

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    Rod Hagen:
    Its a snakey equivalent of Schroedinger's cat. How on earth could you possibly tell that it wasn't straight when its travelling more than 320kph from a vast height. Might as well be in a box with a file of arsenic (or was it cyanide)?
    It seems to me that you are getting Schroedinger's Cat mixed up with Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle to me.

    BTW, the type of poison is irrelevant so long as the right amount of radioactive element is used to ensure that only one atom can escape with a 50% probability within the test period.
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    Well, of course the beauty of Schroedinger's snake (or mullet or cat - wonder why he picked a cat instead of a mullet?) is that it is both straight and not straight at the same time as long as you can't observe it. This suits me fine. Wouldn't want to get a crick in my neck looking for a snake that had just been dropped by a peregrine falcon (or should that be a mullet?) because it had been bombarded by decaying atoms! But with Schroedinger I don't have to, because it can be both straight and not straight at the same time.

    Heisenberg, on the other hand , just tells me that I'm going to have a dickens (or should that be Dickens) of a time measuring the snake's behaviour. Fair enough, but , hey, who would want to measure a snake anyway, unless it was already dead. Devil of a job, measuring snakes. Mind you, mullet measuring is rather more fashionable!

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    Rod Hagen:
    Well, of course the beauty of Schroedinger's snake (or mullet or cat - wonder why he picked a cat instead of a mullet?) is that it is both straight and not straight at the same time as long as you can't observe it. This suits me fine. Wouldn't want to get a crick in my neck looking for a snake that had just been dropped by a peregrine falcon (or should that be a mullet?) because it had been bombarded by decaying atoms! But with Schroedinger I don't have to, because it can be both straight and not straight at the same time.

    Heisenberg, on the other hand , just tells me that I'm going to have a dickens (or should that be Dickens) of a time measuring the snake's behaviour. Fair enough, but , hey, who would want to measure a snake anyway, unless it was already dead. Devil of a job, measuring snakes. Mind you, mullet measuring is rather more fashionable!

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